Colebrook-White for pipe flows

Grant Keady

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    Flow-resistance laws-as used, for example, in water-supply pipe networks-are formulas relating the volume flow rate, q, along a pipe to the pressure-head difference, t, between its ends, such that q = psi(t), in which psi is monotonic. The simple Hazen-Williams power law is often used, but in appropriate circumstances the more complicated Colebrook-White law (CW) may better represent aspects of the experimental data. Result 1, the first and easiest-to-state result in the paper, is that phi(CW). the inverse of psi(CW) can, be expressed in terms of the Lambert W-function (eorless et al, 1993). Result 2 summarizes one use of this, and of related results, in convex optimization problems describing equilibrium flows in pipe networks.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)96-97
    JournalJournal of Hydraulic Engineering (New York)
    Publication statusPublished - 1998


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