Chezy Formula

Conduits flow and mean velocity

The Chezy formula can be used to calculate mean flow velocity in conduits and is expressed as

v = c (R S)1/2         (1)

where

v = mean velocity (m/s, ft/s)

c = the Chezy roughness and conduit coefficient

R = hydraulic radius of the conduit (m, ft)

S = slope of the conduit (m/m, ft/ft)

In general the Chezy coefficient - c - is a function of the flow Reynolds Number - Re - and the relative roughness - ε/R - of the channel.

ε is the characteristic height of the roughness elements on the channel boundary.

Related Topics

  • Fluid Mechanics - The study of fluids - liquids and gases. Involves various properties of the fluid, such as velocity, pressure, density and temperature, as functions of space and time.

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