Piping Geometry Factor
Piping geometry factor, abbreviated as F_{p}, a dimensionless number, is the pressure and velocity changes caused by fittings such as bends, expanders, reducers, tees, and Y's if directly conected to the valve. It is used when analyzing the flow of fluids through pipes, pipelines, or ducts with nonstandard geometries, such as bends, elbows, valves, fittings, and other obstructions. The piping geometry factor quantifies how the irregularities or features in the piping system affect the resistance to flow and the pressure drop. It is particularly relevant in engineering and design processes to determine the efficiency and performance of a fluid transport system.
Liquid Control Valve Sizing Index
 Step 1  Piping Geometry Factor
 Step 2  Pressure Drop Required for Sizing
 Step 3  Control Valve \(C_v\)
The value of the piping geometry factor can vary significantly depending on the specific geometry and the type of flow (laminar or turbulent). It is often determined empirically through experiments or obtained from tables or charts provided in fluid mechanics references.
In practice, engineers use various empirical correlations and equations to estimate the piping geometry factor for different flow situations and pipe configurations. These equations take into account factors like the type of fitting, the Reynolds number, and other flow parameters. The piping geometry factor is necessary for calculating pressure drops, flow rates, and energy losses in piping systems. It helps engineers and designers optimize piping layouts, select appropriate pipe sizes, and minimize energy consumption in fluid transport systems.
Step 1  Piping Geometry Factor
Piping Geometry Factor Formula 

\( F_p \;=\; 1 \;/\; \sqrt{1 + ( \Sigma K \;/\; 0.00214 ) \; ( C_v \;/\; D_v^2 )^2 } \)  
Piping Geometry Factor  Solve for Fp


Symbol  English  Metric 
\( F_p \) = piping geometry factor  \( dimensionless \)  
\( \Sigma K \) = algebraic sum  \( dimensionless \)  
\( C_v \) = flow coefficient  \( dimensionless \)  
\( D_v \) = nominal valve size  \( in \)  \( mm \) 
algebraic sum Formula\( \Sigma K \) (the algebraic sum of the velocity head loss coefficient for all the fittings that are attached to the valve) 

\( \Sigma K \;=\; K_1 + K_2 \) \( \Sigma K \;=\; K_1 + K_2 + K_{B1} + K_{B2} \) 

Piping Geometry Factor K  Solve for K


Symbol  English  Metric 
\( K_1 \) = resistance coefficient of upstream fittings  \( dimensionless \)  
\( K_2 \) = resistance coefficient of downstream fittings  \( dimensionless \)  
\( K_{B1} \) = inlet Bernoulli coefficient  \( dimensionless \)  
\( K_{B2} \) = outlet Bernoulli coefficient  \( dimensionless \) 
algebraic sum Plugins Formulas\( \Sigma K \) (the algebraic sum of the velocity head loss coefficient for all the fittings that are attached to the valve) 

\( K_1 \;=\; 0.5 \; ( 1  ( D_v^2 \;/\; d_1^2 ) \;)^2 \) (inlet expander / reducer) \( K_2 \;=\; 1.0 \; ( 1  ( D_v^2 \;/\; d_2^2 )\;)^2 \) (outlet expander / reducer) \( K_1 + K_2 \;=\; 1.5 \; ( 1  ( D_v^2 \;/\; d^2 ) \;)^2 \) (for a valve installed between identical expander / reducer) \( K_{B1} \;=\; 1  ( D_v \;/\; d_1 )^4 \) (inlet Bernoulli coefficient) \( K_{B2} \;=\; 1  ( D_v \;/\; d_2 )^4 \) (outlet Bernoulli coefficient) \( K_{B1} \) or \( K_{B2} \) (are only used when the diameter of the piping approaching the valve is different from the diameter of the piping leaving the valve) 

Solve for K1Solve for K2Solve for K1 + K2Solve for KB1Solve for KB2 

Symbol  English  Metric 
\( K_1 \) = resistance coefficient of upstream fittings  \( dimensionless \)  
\( K_2 \) = resistance coefficient of downstream fittings  \( dimensionless \)  
\( K_{B1} \) = inlet Bernoulli coefficient  \( dimensionless \)  
\( K_{B2} \) = outlet Bernoulli coefficient  \( dimensionless \)  
\( D_v \) = nominal valve size  \( in \)  \( mm \) 
\( d \) = pipe inside diameter  \( in \)  \( mm \) 
\( d_1 \) = pipe inside diameter, upstream  \( in \)  \( mm \) 
\( d_2 \) = pipe inside diameter, downstream  \( in \)  \( mm \) 
Liquid Critical Pressure Recovery Factor FormulaMeasure the efficiency in maintaining pressure control when dealing with fluids near their critical pressure. \(N_2\) is a constant value of 890 when d, D is inch \(N_2\) is a constant value of 0.00241 when d, D is mm 

\( F_{lp} \;=\; [ \; ( K_1 + K_{B1} \;/\; N_2 ) \; ( C_v \;/\; D_v^2 )^2 + ( 1 \;/\; F_l^2 ) \; ] ^{ \frac{1}{ 2}} \)  
Solve for Flp 

Symbol  English  Metric 
\( F_{lp} \) = liquid critical pressure recovery factor  \( dimensionless \)  
\( K_1 \) = resistance coefficient of upstream fittings  \( dimensionless \)  
\( K_{B1} \) = inlet Bernoulli coefficient  \( dimensionless \)  
\( N_2 \) = constant (value = 890)  \( in \)  \( mm \) 
\( C_v \) = flow coefficient  \( dimensionless \)  
\( D_v \) = nominal valve size  \( in \)  \( mm \) 
\( F_l \) = control valve, \(C_v\) at 100% open  \( dimensionless \) 
Step 2  Pressure Required for Sizing
liquid critical pressure ratio FormulaIt's the ratio of the pressure drop across the valve to the critical pressure of the liquid. This becomes relevant when dealing with liquids, particularly near or at their critical point. 

\( F_f \;=\; 0.96  0.28 \; \sqrt{ P_v \;/\; P_c } \)  
Solve for Ff 

Symbol  English  Metric 
\( F_f \) = liquid critical pressure ratio  \( dimensionless \)  
\( P_v \) = vapor pressure of fluid at inlet temperature  \(lbf \;/\; in^2\)  \(Pa\) 
\( P_c \) = critical pressure of fluid at inlet temperature  \(lbf \;/\; in^2\)  \(Pa\) 
valve pressure choked FormulaIf \(\Delta P_{valve} \le \Delta P_{choked} \) , then \(\Delta P \;=\; \Delta P_{sizing} \) The choked valve pressure is the pressure at which the flow through the valve becomes choked. It is the upstream pressure at which the velocity of the fluid reaches the speed of sound, and any further reduction in pressure does not lead to an increase in flow rate. 

\( \Delta P_{choked} \;=\; ( F_lp \;/\; F_p )^2 \; ( P_1  F_f \; P_v ) \)  
Solve for ΔP 

Symbol  English  Metric 
\( \Delta P_{choked} \) = valve pressure choked  \(lbf \;/\; in^2\)  \(Pa\) 
\( F_{lp} \) = liquid critical pressure recovery factor  \( dimensionless \)  
\( F_p \) = piping geometry factor  \( dimensionless \)  
\( P_1 \) = valve inlet pressure  \(lbf \;/\; in^2\)  \(Pa\) 
\( F_f \) = liquid critical pressure ratio  \(lbf \;/\; in^2\)  \(Pa\) 
\( P_v \) = vapor pressure of fluid at inlet temperature  \(lbf \;/\; in^2\)  \(Pa\) 
Step 3  Control Valve \(C_v\)
conversion between Cv / Kv
 \( C_v \;=\; 1.16 \; K_v \)
 \( K_v \;=\; 0.862 \; C_v \)
Control Valve \(C_v\) FormulaOnce \(C_v\) is calculated, check to see if \(C_v\) is within the limits of the selected control valve. If not, the next size of control valve should be selected and the calculations repeated. \(N_1\) is a constant value of 1.00 when Q is gpm and P is psig \(N_1\) is a constant value of 0.865 when Q is \(Nm^3 /h\) and P is bar \(N_1\) is a constant value of 0.0865 when Q is \(Nm^3 /h\) and P is kPa 

\( C_v \;=\; Q \;/\; ( N_1 \; F_p \; \sqrt{ \Delta P_{choked} \;/\; ( \rho_s \;/\; \rho_r ) } \;\; ) \)  
Solve for Cv 

Symbol  English  Metric 
\( C_v \) = control valve  \( gpm \)  
\( Q \) = volumetric flow rate  \(ft^3 \;/\; sec\)  \(m^3 \;/\; s\) 
\( N_1 \) = constant (value = 1.0)  \(gpm\)   
\( F_p \) = piping geometry factor  \( dimensionless \)  
\( \Delta P_{choked} \) = valve pressure choked  \(lbf \;/\; in^2\)  \(Pa\) 
\( \frac{\rho_s}{\rho_r} \) = relative density of fluid at inlet temperature  \( dimensionless \)  
\( \rho_s \) (Greek symbol rho) = substance density  \(lbm \;/\; ft^3\)  \(kg \;/\; m^3\) 
\( \rho_r \) (Greek symbol rho) = reference density  \(lbm \;/\; ft^3\)  \(kg \;/\; m^3\) 
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