Head Friction Loss in Fittings and Valves

Written by Jerry Ratzlaff on . Posted in Fluid Dynamics

hydraulic head loss fitting valveHead loss, abbreviated as \(h_f\), is the pressure drop caused by fittings and valves.

Head Friction Loss in Fittings and Valves Formula

\(\large{ h_f = K \; \frac{v^2}{2 \; g}  }\)


\(\large{ h_f }\) = head loss frictional resistance

\(\large{ g }\) = gravitational constant (32.2 ft/sec)

\(\large{ K }\) = loss coefficient for fittings and valves

\(\large{ v }\) = velocity of the flow


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