# Change in Pipe Section

Pressure head loss due to change in pipe size or shape

**Contents**

## Overview

The sudden changes or the introduction of bends or valves disturbs the flow pattern along the pipe. The result is an increase in turbulence and this increases the frictional losses.## Sudden Enlargement

**Note:**The pressure just inside the larger pipe is the same as that in the small pipe!

Drop in momentum

for this to happen there must be a force opposing motion The magnitude of the force = Applying**Bernoulli:**

## Sudden Contraction

The coefficient of Contraction is defined as : where*a*

_{C}is the area of the choke and

*a*is the area of the pipe

The head lost is given by:

*k*is a constant and in this case is approximately 0.5. The value of varies with the application and a selection are shown in the table at the end of this section. Loss of head,

*h*is given by: But: And:

_{L}## Head Loss At An Obstruction (e.g. A Valve)

The general equation for the head loss due to an obstruction, including bends, elbows, gate values, etc, is where*k*is the constant associated with the obstruction*v*is velocity

*k*are:

Fitting or Obstruction | Value for K |
---|---|

Standard 45 degree Elbow | 0.5 |

Standard 90 degree Elbow | 1.0 |

Globe Value - fully open | 10.0 |

Gate Valve - fully open | 0.2 |

**Proof**

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