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Nozzles and mouthpieces

An analysis of the head lost in a nozzle and the resulting velocity of the jet.


It is assumed that the Head H is the head behind the nozzle, and that all pipeline and valve losses have been accounted for elsewhere. There are, of course, losses in the nozzle itself, and the actual velocity of discharge will be less than the theoretical value by one to five percent. This is catered for by the use of The Coefficient of Velocity \inline C_V, The Coefficient of Contraction \inline C_C, and the Coefficient of Discharge \inline C_D, given by:


The Head Lost In The Nozzle

Let H = total head at nozzle (i.e. the sum of the pressure and velocity heads)

Head behind the Nozzle = Head after the nozzle + Head lost in Nozzle

substituting from (5) above


Efficiency Of The Nozzle

i.e., Thus,

The Power Of A Jet


Let the weight of fluid discharged be \inline W. Then if the effective cross sectional area of the jet is \inline a and the velocity of discharge is \inline V, then :

For the Jet, the Work Done equals the change of Kinetic Energy, and hence the horse power available in the jet is:-

Example - Discharge through nozzle
A Nozzle discharges 175 galls per min. under a head of 200 ft. The diameter of the nozzle is 1 in. and the diameter of the jet is 0.9 in. Find the:
  • a) The coefficient of velocity for the jet.
  • b) The head lost in the nozzle.
  • c) The horse power available in the jet.
(a) The Coefficient of Contraction, \inline C_D is given by:

The theoretical discharge Q = The nozzle area X. From equation (#8) velocity (neglecting losses) is therefore

Since 1 gallon of water weighs 10 lb. and 1 cubic foot of water weighs 62.4 lb, then and the coefficient of discharge

From equation(#4), the Coefficient of velocity

(b) Using Equation (#8) i.e. therefore


(c) The horse power of the jet is dependent upon the weight of water per second and the head of water in the jet Thus
a) The coefficient of velocity for the jet = 0.932

b) The head lost in the nozzle = 26.28 ft

c) The horse power available in the jet = 9.21 h.p

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