31 Oct

Preventing Friction Losses in Pipe Fittings

By Dez Duran-Lamanilao

A pumping system should demonstrate efficiency so end users can benefit from reduced energy costs, minimized maintenance and increased productivity. Unfortunately, roadblocks are bound to happen that may delay or hinder the transfer of fluid within the pumping system. Friction losses in a pumping system for example, are the result of a function involving geometry, the fluid properties and the system flow rate.

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Friction losses in pipes basically refer to the presence of resistance caused by fluid flowing through pipes, pumps and fitting. When this happens, the pumping pressure will decrease, and so will the fluid velocity.

Here are a few tips if you want to prevent or minimize friction losses in your boat’s pipe fittings:

  • Most pump problems are likely caused by suction issues. Reducing friction losses is one of the many ways to avoid such issues. When a pump takes suction from a tank, it should be positioned as close to the tank as possible but should also be far enough away that proper piping can be supplied to your pump.
  • Piping should be made of high-quality material that can withstand the elements of both hot and cold water. In addition, the piping should not be toxic, is suitable for potable water use and must not be able to promote microbiological growth.
  • Piping must also be capable to withstand the water system pressure. Experts claim that during piping installation, the longer the run, the larger the pipe needed to reduce the friction losses.
  • Increase the diameter of the pipe system while minimizing the piping length within the system.
  • Lessen the number of obstructions such as elbows and valves in the system while focusing on creating a simple layout as much as possible.
  • Reduce the piping surface roughness in the system.

There are various ways to reduce friction losses in pipe fittings. One can start with reinforcing the hose used in water system to prevent collapse and bursting due to water suction pressures and water system pressures, respectively. Talk to an expert now and get rid of those friction loss issues your boat’s piping system might be currently dealing with.

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