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An experimental investigation of the pressure loss in flow through helical coils

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Weatherup, Robert A. (1949) An experimental investigation of the pressure loss in flow through helical coils. Engineer's thesis, California Institute of Technology. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechETD:etd-02052009-133758

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This thesis is a report of an experimental investigation of pressure losses in flow through helical coils of circular cross section. The investigation aimed at the determination of a multiplying factor [...] which could be applied to the friction factor for an equivalent straight pipe in order to determine the effective friction factor for flow through a helical coil.

The following conclusions were reached:

1. The multiplicative factor [...] is a function of Reynolds number and has a minimum value at a Reynolds number of approximately 8,000.

2. The factor [...] is also dependent on the ratio [...]. The general effect of this ratio is to increase [...] as the ratio [...] is decreased. At Reynolds numbers above 8,000, however, [...] was found to be rather insensitive to variation in [...] over the range from [...] with a minimum at [...].

3. The factor [...] was found to be independent of the ratios [...] and [...] over the ranges investigated.

Item Type:Thesis (Engineer's thesis)
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Engineering and Applied Science
Major Option:Aeronautics
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Seifert, Howard S. (advisor)
  • Rose, Robert F. (advisor)
Thesis Committee:
  • Unknown, Unknown
Defense Date:1 January 1949
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-02052009-133758
Persistent URL:http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechETD:etd-02052009-133758
Default Usage Policy:No commercial reproduction, distribution, display or performance rights in this work are provided.
ID Code:512
Collection:CaltechTHESIS
Deposited By: Imported from ETD-db
Deposited On:09 Feb 2009
Last Modified:26 Dec 2012 02:30

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