ing function by converting to logarithmic variables and using a least-squares curve
fit was developed (Appendix A) to fit an equation of the form
f = a (ε/d)b Rec
(2-11)
where a, b and c = coefficients determined by curve fitting (dimensionless)
ε = absolute roughness of the piping (m)
Re = Reynolds number for the pipe flow (dimensionless).
As an example, the following coefficients are obtained over the parameter range
given
a = 0.119
b = 0.152
c = 0.0568
for
50 ≤ T ≤ 130
0.5 ≤ v ≤ 4.5
0.050 ≤ d ≤ 0.770
where T = water temperature (C)
v = flow velocity (m/s).
When compared to the Colebrook and White equation (Jeppson 1976), the
maximum error of this approximation is 6.9%, with the average error over the range
given being only 1.1%. If more accuracy is required, a much better result could be
obtained by narrowing the parameter ranges. Some examples of results for other
parameter sets are given in Appendix A. The coefficients will be carried for the
general case in the derivations following to allow for values obtained with other
parameter sets.
By expressing the Reynolds number as a function of the quantities previously