# Thread: Fluid velocity profile shape calculation

1. ## Fluid velocity profile shape calculation

Hello,

I have two [B](2)[/B] questions:

I understand that for a fully-developed velocity profile for a fluid, the shape it takes resembles a parabola. However, it does not start out this way before entering the pipe/launder/duct/etc. A visual of this transition is provided below:

Development_of_fluid_flow_in_the_entrance_region_of_a_pipe.jpg

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[B]Q1)[/B] Is there an equation, or set of equations, that help determine the shape of the velocity profile as it changes shape as it travels down the pipe/launder/duct/etc.?

[B]Q2)[/B] Is there a different set of equations to then take the final fully-developed flow profile from this pipe/launder/duct/etc. and apply to it the wall-shear effects of a much larger pipe/launder/duct/etc.? Meaning, the flow suddenly enters much larger space after being fully developed in a smaller space. Would I be able to determine the shape of the velocity profile as it travels and transforms in this new space?

Please let me know if anything needs clarification.

Thank you.