Multipipe Systems: Summary

The answers to the ConcepTests are given below and will open in a separate window. 
Key points from this module:
  • Although multipipe systems use the same equations as single pipes, they usually have to be applied differently.
  • Head loss can change depending on the diameter of the pipe.
  • Pipes in series have the same flowrates while pipes in parallel have the same head loss.
From studying this module, you should now be able to:
  • Use the energy equations to calculate multipipe systems.
  • Calculate flowrates for different multipipe systems.
  • Differentiate between various multipipe systems.
Prepared by Janet deGrazia, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder