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Scale-Up From Laboratory Pipe-Flow Data to Large Flows

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J. W. Hoyt

San Diego State University, San Diego, CA

Paper No. FEDSM2003-45656, pp. 745-749; 5 pages
  • ASME/JSME 2003 4th Joint Fluids Summer Engineering Conference
  • Volume 1: Fora, Parts A, B, C, and D
  • Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, July 6–10, 2003
  • Conference Sponsors: Fluids Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3696-7 | eISBN: 0-7918-3673-8
  • Copyright © 2003 by ASME


By scale-up, one means the prediction of pressure drop in large industrial or commercial pipelines, or other flow situations, based on results from laboratory-scale small pipe facilities. Scale-up for the use of non-Newtonian fluids or drag-reducing solutions in long-distance oil pipelines, central-station heating or cooling schemes, or application to ship design, are important current interests. A simple analytical approach has been developed which provides excellent scaling over a wide range of pipe sizes for both water-based and oil-based polymer solutions. Examples are given which show close comparisons of scaling from small pipes to actual test data from much larger diameter industrial-scale facilities.

Copyright © 2003 by ASME



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