# The velocity profile for laminar flow in a pipe is

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The velocity profile in fully developed laminar flow In a circular pipe of inner radius R = 2 cm, in m/s, is given By u(r) = 4(1 – r²/R²). Determine the average and maximum Velocities in the pipe and the volume flow rate.

A) V_max = 4 m/s

B) V_avg = 2 m/s

C) Flow rate = 0.00251 m³/s

Explanation:

A) We are given that;

u(r) = 4(1 – (r²/R²))

To obtain the maximum velocity, let’s apply the maximum condition for a single-variable continual real valued problem to obtain;

(d/dr)(u(r)) = 0

Thus,

(d/dr)•4(1 – (r²/R²)) = 0

4(d/dr)(1 – (r²/R²)) = 0

If we differentiate, we have;

4(0 – (2r/R²)) = 0

-8r/R² = 0

Thus, r = 0 and with that, the maximum velocity is at the centre of the pipe.

Thus, for maximum velocity, let’s put 0 for r in the U(r) function.

Thus,

V_max = 4(1 – 0²/R²) = 4 – 0 = 4 m/s

B) Average velocity is given by;

V_avg = V_max/2

V_avg = 4/2 = 2 m/s

C) the flow can be calculated from;

Flow rate ΔV = A•V_avg

A is area = πr²

From question, r = 2cm = 0.02m

A = π x 0.02²

Hence,

ΔV = π x 0.02² x 2 = 0.00251 m³/s