Transients in Pipelines Carrying Liquids or Gases

by Victor L. Streeter, (F.ASCE), Prof. of Hydr.; Civ. Engrg. Dept., Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI,

Serial Information: Transportation Engineering Journal of ASCE, 1971, Vol. 97, Issue 1, Pg. 15-29

Document Type: Journal Paper


Unifying equations are developed for unsteady flow of natural gas, water or petroleum products through long pipelines. Second order accuracy terms for fluid friction are used with the exponential equations in common use. The equations are solved by either the method of characteristics or the centered implicit method. Results of computer studies indicate stability and accuracy of the implicit method, although it requires more computer time than the characteristic method.

Subject Headings: Dissolved gases | Pipelines | Transient response | Computing in civil engineering | Natural gas | Water flow | Unsteady flow | Gas flow | Pipe flow | Water pipelines

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