Pipe Flow Advisor Software - Open Channel Flow & Tank Empty Times
Do you need to calculate the flow rate of water through channels?
Want to know volume, capacity, or weight of flow in part filled pipes?
Do you need to know the time taken to empty a tank?
Flow Advisor can be used to estimate water flow rates from various open channels, closed channels and differently shaped supply tanks. It can calculate:
Flow Advisor's Materials Database is included with density and coefficient of expansion of many common materials..
- Open Channel Flow and Flow in Part Filled Pipes
- Water Flow Rates
- Time taken to empty tanks
- Volume, Capacity, Weight and Expansion
A Fluid Database is included with density of common fluids.
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OPEN CHANNEL FLOW AND PART FILLED PIPES
Open-channel flow occurs when a liquid flows due to gravity. Usually the
flowing liquid has a free surface, as in a channel, flume or partially full pipe.
The liquid is not under pressure, other than atmospheric pressure.
Many formulae have been developed to estimate the flow rate in
open-channels, the Manning formula has become widely accepted as the
usual method of estimating flow rate.
WATER FLOW RATE CALCULATION
The Manning formula uses a coefficient to correct for the type of channel in
The cross-sectional area of the flow, the wetted perimeter of the flow and the
slope ratio must be calculated. The results are more accurate if the flow
cross-section, velocity, depth and slope are constant (steady flow).
The flow rate estimates are applicable to water or fluids similar to water.
TIME TAKEN TO EMPTY TANKS
The flow rate from a tank outlet will be dependant on the orifice size, orifice
type and the head of fluid above the outlet position. The addition of an oulet
pipe may restrict the oulet flow rate unless the outlet pipe is relatively short.
As the tank empties the fluid head will reduce progressively, reducing the
outlet flow rate.
The shape of the tank will also affect the time taken to empty, as changes in
shape will affect the rate of change of the fluid head available.
VOLUME, CAPACITY, WEIGHT & EXPANSION
The inner volume, fluid capacity, weight and expansion of
various pipes, sections, channels and tanks can be calculated.
The weight of a pipe, channel or tank in various material
constructions (steel, wood, aluminium, brass etc.) and the fluid
contents may be displayed by entering the appropriate
dimensions and choosing the material and fluid type.
Choose from Pipes, Channels, Weirs and Tanks.
Select a calculation screen to suit your application, by clicking an appropriate tab.
Flow Advisor for Channels and Tanks can help you save time and money.
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