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Swamee & Jain Friction Factor Equation

Swamee & Jain Friction Factor Equation

Swamee & Jain Friction Factor Equation


The original Swamee & Jain explicit equation for friction factor calculation for turbulent flow in pipes has f = 0.25/[(log.....)]^2.

I have also seen on the web f = 1.325/[(log.....)]^2. The difference is NOT the factor of four beween the Fanning friction factor and the Darcy friction factor. Can anyone explain the discrepancy?

RE: Swamee & Jain Friction Factor Equation

Hi Perth
never seen the 1.325, but the 0.25 is the one I memorised after checking it against Shacham and Colebrook White with good correlation.
I expect it may be a mistake.

If you are from Perth Australia, you probably got Swamee Jain 0.25 from the Hardie Iplex PE manual. Where did the 1.325 come from?

Steve McKenzie

RE: Swamee & Jain Friction Factor Equation

To Perth1, may be I'm wrong but it appears that

(ln x)2/(log x)2 = 1.325/0.25= 5.3

Id est,

(0.25)(ln x)2= (1.325)(log x)2

Thus, one formula is based on log x, and the other on ln x.

Would I be right ?

RE: Swamee & Jain Friction Factor Equation


Yes, you're correct - I have gone back and checked the two articles using 1.325 in the formula and they DO use ln rather than log. Thanks for spotting the difference.

RE: Swamee & Jain Friction Factor Equation

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RE: Swamee & Jain Friction Factor Equation

Quark. Thanks for the undeserved star.
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