Pressure loss reduction in hydrogen pipelines by surface restructuring

Y. Peet, P. Sagaut, Y. Charron

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This paper concerns the reduction of pressure losses during pipeline hydrogen transportation, as the cost of hydrogen compression is a significant obstacle for efficient hydrogen pumping on a large-scale basis. The use of organized micro-structures on pipeline walls is proposed to obtain lower values of pressure losses with respect to smooth walls. Three-dimensional micro-structures of a sinusoidal shape are investigated as potentially more efficient counterparts to conventional two-dimensional structures (riblets) developed in aerospace industry. Aerodynamic performance of three-dimensional structures is investigated computationally in terms of both skin friction and pressure drag, two constituents of the total drag. Three-dimensional structures are shown to provide larger total drag reduction than two-dimensional structures for some range of geometrical parameters (14.5% versus 11%). Parametric dependence of both pressure and skin friction drag on structure geometry is analyzed, and an optimum configuration maximizing the total drag reduction is proposed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8964-8973
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Issue number21
StatePublished - Nov 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Hydrogen
  • Pipeline transportation
  • Pressure loss reduction
  • Structured surfaces
  • Turbulence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Fuel Technology
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology


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