Hydraulic Network Analysis Using Linear Theory

by Don J. Wood, Prof. of Civ. Engrg.; Univ. of Kentucky, Lexington, KY,
Carl O. A. Charles, Grad. Res. Asst.; Univ. of Kentucky, Lexington, KY,

Serial Information: Journal of the Hydraulics Division, 1972, Vol. 98, Issue 7, Pg. 1157-1170

Document Type: Journal Paper


A method of analyzing flow distribution in hydraulic networks is presented. Basically, this method uses a linearized head loss term which allows a network of n pipes to be described by a set of n linear equations which can be solved simultaneously for the flow distribution. Because of the linear approximations used, several trials will be required to get an accurate solution. This method of analyzing hydraulic networks is characterized by an assured convergence which is very rapid when compared to other available methods. One reason for this is that it is possible to compute a fairly accurate initial flow distribution and no initial estimates are required. In addition, the method applies directly to both closed loop systems and open-closed loop systems. The method is also easy to program for solution on a digital computer.

Subject Headings: Flow distribution | Linear analysis | Linear functions | Hydraulic networks | Network analysis | Head loss (fluid mechanics) | Pipe networks | Pipe flow

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