# Pipe Bend (IL)

**Libraries:**

Simscape /
Fluids /
Isothermal Liquid /
Pipes & Fittings

## Description

The Pipe Bend (IL) block models a curved pipe in an isothermal liquid network. You can define the pipe characteristics to calculate losses due to friction and pipe curvature and optionally model fluid compressibility.

### Pipe Curvature Loss Coefficient

The coefficient for pressure losses due to geometry changes comprises an angle
correction factor, *C*_{angle}, and a bend
coefficient, *C*_{bend}:

$${K}_{loss}={C}_{angle}{C}_{bend}.$$

The block calculates
*C _{angle}* as:

$${C}_{angle}=0.0148\theta -3.9716\cdot {10}^{-5}{\theta}^{2},$$

where *θ* is the value of the **Bend
angle** parameter, in degrees.

The block calculates *C _{bend}* from the tabulated
ratio of the bend radius,

*r*, to the pipe diameter,

*d*, for 90° bends from data based on Crane [1]:

r/d | 1 | 1.5 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 6 | 8 | 10 | 12 | 14 | 16 | 20 | 24 |
---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|

K | 20 f_{T} | 14 f_{T} | 12 f_{T} | 12 f_{T} | 14 f_{T} | 17 f_{T} | 24 f_{T} | 30 f_{T} | 34 f_{T} | 38 f_{T} | 42 f_{T} | 50 f_{T} | 58 f_{T} |

The block interpolates the friction factor, *f*_{T},
for clean commercial steel from tabular data based on the pipe diameter [1]. This
table contains the pipe friction data for clean commercial steel pipe with flow in
the zone of complete turbulence.

Nominal size (mm) | 5 | 10 | 15 | 20 | 25 | 32 | 40 | 50 | 72.5 | 100 | 125 | 150 | 225 | 350 | 609.5 |
---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|

Friction factor,
f_{T} | .035 | .029 | .027 | .025 | .023 | .022 | .021 | .019 | .018 | .017 | .016 | .015 | .014 | .013 | .012 |

The correction factor is valid for a ratio of bend radius to diameter between 1 and 24. Beyond this range, the block employs nearest-neighbor extrapolation.

### Losses Due to Friction in Laminar Flows

The pressure loss formulations are the same for the flow at ports
**A** and **B**.

When the flow in the pipe is fully laminar, or below *Re* = 2000,
the pressure loss over the bend is:

$$\Delta {p}_{loss}=\frac{\mu \lambda}{2{\rho}_{I}{d}^{2}A}\frac{L}{2}{\dot{m}}_{port},$$

where:

*μ*is the fluid dynamic viscosity.*λ*is the Darcy friction factor constant, which is 64 for laminar flow.*ρ*_{I}is the internal fluid density.*d*is the pipe diameter.*L*is the bend length segment, the product of the**Bend radius**and the**Bend angle**: $${L}_{bend}={r}_{bend}\theta .$$.*A*is the pipe cross-sectional area, $$\frac{\pi}{4}{d}^{2}.$$$${\dot{m}}_{port}$$ is the mass flow rate at the respective port.

### Losses due to Friction in Turbulent Flows

When the flow is fully turbulent, or greater than *Re* = 4000, the
pressure loss in the pipe is:

$$\Delta {p}_{loss}=\left(\frac{{f}_{D}L}{2d}+\frac{{K}_{loss}}{2}\right)\frac{{\dot{m}}_{port}\left|{\dot{m}}_{port}\right|}{2{\rho}_{I}{A}^{2}},$$

where *f*_{D} is the Darcy
friction factor. This is approximated by the empirical Haaland equation and is based
on the **Internal surface absolute roughness**. The differential is
taken over half of the pipe segment, between port **A** to an
internal node, and between the internal node and port **B**.

### Pressure Differential for Incompressible Fluids

When the flow is incompressible, the pressure loss over the bend is:

$${p}_{A}-{p}_{B}=\Delta {p}_{loss,A}-\Delta {p}_{loss,B}.$$

### Pressure Differential for Compressible Fluids

When the flow is compressible, the pressure loss over the bend is calculated based
on the internal fluid volume pressure, *p*_{I}:

$${p}_{A}-{p}_{I}=\Delta {p}_{loss,A}$$

$${p}_{B}-{p}_{I}=\Delta {p}_{loss,B}$$

### Mass Conservation

For an incompressible fluid, the mass flow into the pipe equals the mass flow out of the pipe:

$${\dot{m}}_{A}+{\dot{m}}_{B}=0.$$

When the fluid is compressible, the difference between the mass flow into and out of the pipe depends on the fluid density change due to compressibility:

$${\dot{m}}_{A}+{\dot{m}}_{B}={\dot{p}}_{I}\frac{d{\rho}_{I}}{d{p}_{I}}V,$$

where *V* is the product of the pipe
cross-sectional area and bend length, *AL*.

## Ports

### Conserving

## Parameters

## References

[1] Crane Co. *Flow of
Fluids Through Valves, Fittings, and Pipe TP-410*. Crane Co.,
1981.

## Extended Capabilities

## Version History

**Introduced in R2020a**