Darcy’s flow friction factor is expressed in implicit form in some of the relations such as Colebrook’s and have to be solved by iteration procedure because the unknown friction factor appears on both sides of the equation. Lambert W function is implicitly elementary but is not, itself, an elementary function. Implicit form of the Lambert W function allows us to transform other implicit functions in explicit form without any kind of approximations or simplifications involved. But unfortunately, the Lambert W function itself cannot be solved easily without approximation. Two original transformations in explicit form of Colebrook’s relation using Lambert W function will also be shown. Here will be shown efficient procedure for approximate solutions of the transformed relations.

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Published on 01/01/2012

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