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Unformatted text preview: Steam pipe bridge in a geothermal power plant. Pipe flows are everywhere, often occurring in groups or networks. They are designed using the principles outlined in this chapter. (Courtesy of Dr. E. R. Degginger/Color-Pic Inc.) | v v 324 | e-Text Main Menu | Textbook Table of Contents | Study Guide Chapter 6 Viscous Flow in Ducts Motivation. This chapter is completely devoted to an important practical fluids engineering problem: flow in ducts with various velocities, various fluids, and various duct shapes. Piping systems are encountered in almost every engineering design and thus have been studied extensively. There is a small amount of theory plus a large amount of experimentation. The basic piping problem is this: Given the pipe geometry and its added components (such as fittings, valves, bends, and diffusers) plus the desired flow rate and fluid properties, what pressure drop is needed to drive the flow? Of course, it may be stated in alternate form: Given the pressure drop available from a pump, what flow rate will ensue? The correla...
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This note was uploaded on 10/27/2009 for the course MAE 101a taught by Professor Sakar during the Spring '08 term at UCSD.

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