Influence of Friction Factor and Flow Equation on Calculation of Gas-Distribution Pipeline Networks

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Dejan Brkić

Abstract

Here is shown method for the hydraulic solution of a looped gas-pipeline networks. Calculation of presented network is done according to principles of Hardy Cross method. The optimization was carried out by iteration of the pipes diameters, node consumptions are known and flow velocities through pipes have to stand below certain values. Accent is on determination of appropriate friction factor, and on selection of representative equation for natural gas flow under presented conditions in the network. Inappropriate usage of friction factor, equally as inappropriate usage of gas flow equation can lead to inaccurate final results. Here is shown new facts in comparison to previous calculation of gas distribution network in Kragujevac, Serbia which is done in 1994. After the implementation, measurements in situ have performed, and real measured values deviate from calculated. Causes for these errors are investigated, and improved and more accurate procedure is shown.

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