Resistive Pipe LP with Variable Elevation
Hydraulic pipeline which accounts for friction losses and variable port elevations
The Resistive Pipe LP with Variable Elevation block models hydraulic pipelines with circular and noncircular cross sections and accounts for resistive property only. Use this block for low-pressure system simulation in which the pipe ends change their positions with respect to the reference plane. The elevations are provided through respective physical signal inputs.
To reduce model complexity, you can use this block to simulate not only a pipe itself, but also a combination of pipes and local resistances such as bends, fittings, inlet and outlet losses, associated with the pipe. You must convert the resistances into their equivalent lengths, and then sum up all the resistances to obtain their aggregate length. Then add this length to the pipe geometrical length.
Pressure loss due to friction is computed with the Darcy equation, in which losses are proportional to the flow regime-dependable friction factor and the square of the flow rate. The friction factor in turbulent regime is determined with the Haaland approximation (see ). The friction factor during transition from laminar to turbulent regimes is determined with the linear interpolation between extreme points of the regimes. As a result of these assumptions, the tube is simulated according to the following equations:
|p||Pressure loss along the pipe due to friction|
|q||Flow rate through the pipe|
|ReL||Maximum Reynolds number at laminar flow|
|ReT||Minimum Reynolds number at turbulent flow|
|Ks||Shape factor that characterizes the pipe cross section|
|fL||Friction factor at laminar border|
|fT||Friction factor at turbulent border|
|A||Pipe cross-sectional area|
|DH||Pipe hydraulic diameter|
|L||Pipe geometrical length|
|Leq||Aggregate equivalent length of local resistances|
|r||Height of the roughness on the pipe internal surface|
|ν||Fluid kinematic viscosity|
|zA, zB||Elevations of the pipe port A and port B, respectively|
The block positive direction is from port A to port B. This means that the flow rate is positive if it flows from A to B, and the pressure loss is determined as .
To set the priority and initial target values for the block variables prior to simulation, use the Initial Targets section in the block dialog box or Property Inspector. For more information, see Set Priority and Initial Target for Block Variables.
Nominal values provide a way to specify the expected magnitude of a variable in a model. Using system scaling based on nominal values increases the simulation robustness. Nominal values can come from different sources, one of which is the Nominal Values section in the block dialog box or Property Inspector. For more information, see Modify Nominal Values for a Block Variable.
Basic Assumptions and Limitations
Flow is assumed to be fully developed along the pipe length.
Fluid inertia, fluid compressibility, and wall compliance are not taken into account.
The block has the following ports:
Hydraulic conserving port associated with the pipe inlet.
Hydraulic conserving port associated with the pipe outlet.
Physical signal input port that controls pipe elevation at port A.
Physical signal input port that controls pipe elevation at port B.
- Pipe cross section type
The type of pipe cross section:
Noncircular. For a circular pipe, you specify its internal diameter. For a noncircular pipe, you specify its hydraulic diameter and pipe cross-sectional area. The default value of the parameter is
- Internal diameter
Pipe internal diameter. The parameter is used if Pipe cross section type is set to
Circular. The default value is
- Noncircular pipe cross-sectional area
Pipe cross-sectional area. The parameter is used if Pipe cross section type is set to
Noncircular. The default value is
- Noncircular pipe hydraulic diameter
Hydraulic diameter of the pipe cross section. The parameter is used if Pipe cross section type is set to
Noncircular. The default value is
- Geometrical shape factor
Used for computing friction factor at laminar flow. The shape of the pipe cross section determines the value. For a pipe with a noncircular cross section, set the factor to an appropriate value, for example, 56 for a square, 96 for concentric annulus, 62 for rectangle (2:1), and so on . The default value is
64, which corresponds to a pipe with a circular cross section.
- Pipe length
Pipe geometrical length. The default value is
- Aggregate equivalent length of local resistances
This parameter represents total equivalent length of all local resistances associated with the pipe. You can account for the pressure loss caused by local resistances, such as bends, fittings, armature, inlet/outlet losses, and so on, by adding to the pipe geometrical length an aggregate equivalent length of all the local resistances. The default value is
- Internal surface roughness height
Roughness height on the pipe internal surface. The parameter is typically provided in data sheets or manufacturer’s catalogs. The default value is
1.5e-5m, which corresponds to drawn tubing.
- Laminar flow upper margin
Specifies the Reynolds number at which the laminar flow regime is assumed to start converting into turbulent. Mathematically, this is the maximum Reynolds number at fully developed laminar flow. The default value is
- Turbulent flow lower margin
Specifies the Reynolds number at which the turbulent flow regime is assumed to be fully developed. Mathematically, this is the minimum Reynolds number at turbulent flow. The default value is
- Gravitational acceleration
Value of the gravitational acceleration constant (g). The block uses this parameter to calculate time changes in pressure due to time changes in elevation. The default value is
Parameters determined by the type of working fluid:
Fluid kinematic viscosity
 White, F.M., Viscous Fluid Flow, McGraw-Hill, 1991
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