In closed pipes configured such that they are parallel in fashion, we know that the total volumetric flow rate $Q$ is equal to the sum of all $Q$s in the parallel pipes.
But I have one doubt (as I'm a newbie in this thematic) - if the two parallel pipes are equal in diameter, hence area, thus we know that they manifest the same magnitude of fluid velocity. So does this fact apply too, for similar-sized pipes in parallel? Is the velocity really the same for both pipes? Please correct me if I'm wrong.
So let's say two parallel pipes of similar diameter, connecting a water tank, Pipe 1 and Pipe 2, converge and subsequently join with a single Pipe 3 of different diameter, and water discharges out of its end. So from the continuity equation, it is $Q_1 + Q_2 = Q_3$. Therefore $A_1V_1 + A_2V_2 = A_3V_3$. But since $A_1 = A_2$, I learned that $V_1 = V_2$. So in that sense, does that make $2(A_1V_1) = A_3V_3$?
Please correct me. Thanks!