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Unformatted text preview: sistent with the higher Reynolds number and decreased roughness ratio of large
pipes. We stress that Table 6.5 represents losses averaged among various manufacturers, so there is an uncertainty as high as 50 percent.
In addition, most of the data in Table 6.5 are relatively old [15, 16] and therefore
based upon fittings manufactured in the 1950s. Modern forged and molded fittings may
yield somewhat different loss factors, often less than listed in Table 6.5. An example,
shown in Fig. 6.18a, gives very recent data  for fairly short (bend-radius/elbowdiameter 1.2) flanged 90° elbows. The elbow diameter was 1.69 in. Notice first that
K is plotted versus Reynolds number, rather than versus the raw (dimensional) pipe diameters in Table 6.5, and therefore Fig. 6.18a has more generality. Then notice that
the K values of 0.23 0.05 are significantly less than the values for 90° elbows in
Table 6.5, indicating smoother walls and/or better design. One may conclude that
(1) Table 6.5 data are probably conservative and (2) loss factors are highly dependent
upon actual design and manufacturing factors, with Table 6....
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