Two Methods for the Computation of Commercial Pipe Friction Factors Academic Article uri icon


  • Two methods are proposed for the computation of friction factors of commercial pipes. The first method applies the mean value of the zero velocity point (MZVP) to a theoretical friction factor equation, and the other directly computes the mean friction factor (MFF) by averaging the friction factor of both the smooth and rough walls while considering their relative contribution. The MFF method is preferred, because it is simple but covers all the flow characteristics of commercial pipes. Both MFF and MZVP methods consider two parts of a wall with different roughness heights: One part is rough and the other is smooth. A regression analysis was performed to determine optimum values of the roughness height and probability of encountering each part, using several sets of field data, including galvanized iron, wrought iron, cast iron, concrete, riveted steel, and concrete. The analysis showed that both the roughness height and the relative contribution of the rough part are strongly dependent on the pipe diameter. The MFF method gave an average error of less than 3%, whereas the traditional Colebrook-White equation gave an average error of more than 11% when compared with Colebrook's data. Journal of Hydraulic Engineering ASCE.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Hydraulic Engineering

author list (cited authors)

  • Yoo, D. H., & Singh, V. P.

citation count

  • 13

complete list of authors

  • Yoo, DH||Singh, VP

publication date

  • August 2005