# Flow Resistance (IL)

General resistance in an isothermal liquid branch

**Library:**Simscape / Foundation Library / Isothermal Liquid / Elements

## Description

The Flow Resistance (IL) block models a general pressure drop in an isothermal-liquid network branch. The pressure drop is proportional to the square of the mass flow rate. The constant of proportionality is determined from a nominal operating condition specified in the block dialog box.

Use this block when the only data available for a component is the typical pressure drop and flow rate. This block is useful for representing complex components, where it is difficult to determine theoretical pressure loss from the geometry.

The volume of fluid inside the flow resistance is assumed to be negligible. The mass flow rate in through one port must then exactly equal the mass flow rate out through the other port:

$${\dot{m}}_{\text{A}}+{\dot{m}}_{\text{B}}=0,$$

where $${\dot{m}}_{\text{A}}$$ and $${\dot{m}}_{\text{B}}$$ are defined as the mass flow rates into the component through ports
**A** and **B**,
respectively.

The pressure drop is assumed proportional to the square of the mass flow rate. The square of the mass flow rate is linearized in a small laminar flow region near zero flow, resulting in

$${p}_{A}-{p}_{B}=K{\dot{m}}_{A}\sqrt{{\dot{m}}_{\text{A}}^{2}+{\dot{m}}_{\text{lam}}^{2}},$$

where:

*p*_{A}and*p*_{B}are pressures at ports**A**and**B**, respectively.$${\dot{m}}_{lam}$$ is the mass flow rate threshold for laminar transition.

*K* is the proportionality constant,

$$K=\frac{\Delta {p}_{nom}}{{\dot{m}}_{nom}^{2}},$$

where *Δp*_{nom} is the **Nominal pressure
drop** parameter value and $$\dot{m}$$_{nom} is the **Nominal mass flow rate**
parameter value.

## Ports

### Conserving

## Parameters

## Extended Capabilities

## Version History

**Introduced in R2020a**