ME303: Thermal-Fluid Systems

Unit 4: Piping Networks   Piping networks are useful for moving fluids from points of generation or storage to points of use or disposal.  Think for a moment about the many piping systems in an automobile: fuel lines from the storage tank to each cylinder of the engine; exhaust lines from the cylinders to the tailpipe; coolant lines from the engine block to the radiator; and conduits for ventilation and temperature regulation of the passenger compartment, amongst many others.  You will learn in this unit how to approach problems associated with materials compatibility, pressure losses, and vibration and anchoring in fluid piping systems.

Unit 4 Time Advisory
This unit should take you 15 hours to complete.

☐    Subunit 4.1: 3 hours

☐    Subunit 4.2: 5 hours

☐    Exercise 4.3: 6 hours

☐    End of Unit Self-Assessment: 1 hour

Unit4 Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this unit, the student will be able to:

  • Describe physical characteristics of standard pipes and fittings.
  • Calculate pressure drops for specific flows through specific pipes and fittings.
  • Calculate forces resulting from flow through bends and other fittings.

4.1 Construction   4.1.1 Standards Sizes   - Reading: MyCheme’s “Standard Pipe Sizes” Link: MyCheme’s “Standard Pipe Sizes” (PDF)
Instructions: In this reading, you will learn how to calculate pipe outer diameter, inner diameter, and wall thickness from common specifications.
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