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

Abstract: 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: Computing in civil engineering | Pipe flow | Gas flow | Unsteady flow | Water flow | Natural gas | Water pipelines

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