What equation does HAMMER use to compute the Darcy-Weisbach friction factor (f)?

Applies To 
Product(s): HAMMER
Version(s): 10.00.xx.xx, 08.11.xx.xx
Area:  Modeling
Original Author: Jesse Dringoli, Bentley Technical Support Group


How does HAMMER compute the Darcy-Weisbach friction factor (f) for each pipe in the model?


HAMMER always uses the Darcy-Weisbach friction method during a transient simulation, regardless of the initial conditions friction method. It computes the "f" friction factor based on the initial conditions headloss. The friction factor 'f' is shown in the "PIPE INFORMATION" section of the Transient Analysis Output Log.

There are a few different variations of the calculation depending on the situation:

Solution - non-zero initial flow

For non-zero flow pipes (flow above "flow tolerance" transient calculation option) it uses this equation:

f = hl / [ (L/D)(V^2/2g) ]


hl = headloss across the pipe (ft, m)
L = pipe length (ft, m)
D = Diameter (ft, m)
V = Velocity (ft/s, m/s)

Solution - Zero initial flow

If the initial flow through the pipe is less than the "flow tolerance" transient calculation option, the user-entered friction coefficient will be directly converted to a Darcy-Weisbach 'f'. 

In particular if the initial conditions friction method is set to Darcy-Weisbach (with a roughness height 'e' entered), it uses the Von Karman equation:

DW f = (1.0 / (2.0 * Log10(Diameter / roughness height) + 1.14)^2

See Also

Unexpected results seen in pipes with zero initial flow

Error computing HAMMER model: "The Darcy-Weisbach friction coefficient xxx is too large.