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Loss coefficient K in a pipe?

  1. Jun 16, 2016 #1
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    Usually we are given a table, but how do we calculate the loss coefficient between 2 different pipes with different diameters? In this case, between the 5 and the 3 cm^2 pipes?
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  3. Jun 16, 2016 #2


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    The K-factors for a given diameter of pipe are proportional to the fourth power of that diameter, as described in this article:


    The usual method is to express the K-factors or equivalents for the system in terms of one common pipe size.
  4. Jun 16, 2016 #3
    You should be able to look up the equation for the loss coefficient for the transition between two pipes of different diameter. Do you not have a text book?
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  6. Jun 16, 2016 #5
    My textbook just says to refer to appendix for K values. It doesn't say anything between the transition of 2 different pipes with different diameters.
  7. Jun 16, 2016 #6


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    The K-factor for each length of straight pipe is f (L/D). Call one K-factor K-3 for the 3-cm. pipe and the other K5 for the 5-cm. pipe.

    Now, according to the relation


    If you make Ka = K3, then Kb becomes K5. Putting the value of the K-factor for the 5-cm. straight pipe into the relation will give you the equivalent K-factor as if the 5-cm. pipe was actually 3-cm. pipe.
  8. Jun 17, 2016 #7
    What geometries does it give K values for?
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