Darcy Friction Factor Calculator
Welcome to our Darcy friction factor calculator, where you'll be able to find the Darcy-Weisbach friction factor used in pressure loss calculations.
This tool uses the Mileikovskyi-Tkachenko approximation of the classical Coolebrok-White equation. With this approximation, we can calculate the Darcy friction factor for turbulent flow within 2320 ≤ Re ≤ 109 and 0 ≤ k/D ≤ 0.65 ranges with a 0.00072% deviation.
If you don't know the Reynolds number, click on the advanced mode and our calculator will ask for the inputs to calculate it for you. You can also calculate it using our Reynolds number calculator.
Read on to learn about the importance of the friction factor and more details about the Mileikovskyi-Tkachenko Darcy friction factor formula.
🙋 Once you calculate the friction factor, you can calculate the head loss using our Darcy-Weisbach equation calculator
Why do we need to calculate the darcy friction factor?
The loss in energy of fluids while traveling through a pipe or ducts causes a reduction in pressure and velocity, known as head loss. The principal causes of head losses include surface roughness and friction.
Additionally, changes in pipe cross-section, like enlargements, contractions, bends, and branching, contribute to minor losses.
The Darcy-Weisbach equation estimates the head loss caused by friction:
- — head loss;
- — Darcy–Weisbach friction factor;
- — Pipe length;
- — Hydraulic diameter;
- — Fluid velocity;
For laminar flow, the Darcy friction factor equation is simple:
Where is the Reynolds number:
Reynolds number is a function of fluid velocity, pipe geometry, fluid viscosity, and density. You can calculate the latter with.
For turbulent flow, the calculation is more tricky.
Darcy friction factor equation for turbulent flow
The more exact way to calculate the Darcy friction factor for turbulent flow, is using the phenomenological Colebrook-White equation:
- — Surface roughness;
- — Hydraulic diameter; and
- — Reynold's number.
- — Darcy friction factor (for turbulent flow, in this case).
As you could note, in the previous equation, the Darcy–friction factor is implicit, making it imperative to perform iterations until finding its value.
Since 1947 different explicit approximations of the Coolebrol-White equation have arisen, although their accuracy has been improvable. Recently, Mileikovskyi and Tkachenko developed an approximation with excellent accuracy (up to 0.00072% deviation in a wide range of parameters). The Darcy friction factor formula proposed by the authors is:
This calculator relies on that approximation to find the friction factor value.
Be sure to check our other tool that uses the Hagen-Poiseuille equation to analyze a pipe's flow.