1. Limited time only! Sign up for a free 30min personal tutor trial with Chegg Tutors
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Homework Help: Friction loss in pipe

  1. Jun 5, 2016 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    the major loss in the fluid due to pipe friction is f(L)(v^2) / 2gD , (darcy weisbech equation)

    why the author use 4fL(V^2) / 2gD ? in the equation ? is it wrong ?
    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution

    Attached Files:

    • 209.PNG
      File size:
      53.8 KB
  2. jcsd
  3. Jun 11, 2016 #2
    Hi! The Darcy-Weisbach equation is written in terms of the Darcy friction factor (fD), whereas the second equation you posted is probably written in terms of the Fanning friction factor (fF), which is weird, because the problem provides the Darcy factor. The relationship between them is fD = 4fF, so both equations are correct depending on the friction factor you use. However, in your example, they just plugged in the 0.008, so yeah, there is something wrong with the calculation or the problem statement. This is actually a pretty common mistake. Is that from a textbook?

    As a generalization, the Darcy friction factor is commonly used in mechanical engineering calculations, while the Fanning factor is used in chemical engineering calculations.
    Last edited: Jun 11, 2016
Share this great discussion with others via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook

Have something to add?
Draft saved Draft deleted