Direct solutions of pipe flow problems are not possible because of the implicit form of Colebrook-White equation which expresses the hydraulic resistance of commercial pipes. The three basic and major problems encountered in hydraulic engineering practice are the determination of pipe diameter, the discharge and the head loss. The solution of these problems on the conventional lines involves many trials and tedious computations. Some research workers have proposed graphical solutions which have their own inherent limitations. Reported herein are explicit and accurate equations for pipe diameter and head loss and a closed form solution for the discharge through the pipe, based on Colebrook-White equation. These explicit equations can also be utilized with advantage in optimization studies of pipelines and water distribution systems.

  • Corporate Authors:

    American Society of Civil Engineers

    345 East 47th Street
    New York, NY  United States  10017-2398
  • Authors:
    • Swanee, P K
    • Jain, A K
  • Publication Date: 1976-5

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  • Accession Number: 00138499
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 4 1976 12:00AM