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With this tool, it is possible to easily calculate the pressure drop of fluids moving through a tube or pipe. There are two versions of the tool available, allowing you to use the Pipe Roughness Coefficient for a number of materials or if you have the roughness measurement of the pipe, then that can be entered on the advanced version, as well as the fluid density and velocity.
If you need help working out the Flow Rate, take a look at our Flow Rate Calculator.
How to use: Enter the information about the pipe to work out the pipes pressure drop.
Need more options? Switch to the advanced view
The simple version of the pressure drop calculator uses the following equation to calculate pressure loss due to pipe friction:
Pressure Loss = 4.53 x Pipe Length x (((Flow Rate / Pipe Coefficient)1.852) / (Pipe Diameter)4.857)
The advanced version of the calculator has a number of steps to work out the pressure.
Friction Factor = 1.14 + 2log10(Pipe Diameter / Pipe Roughness) – 2
Frictional Head Loss = Friction Factor * (Pipe Length / Pipe Diameter) * (Average Velocity2/(2*32.17))
Frictional Pressure (PSF) = Fluid Density * 32.17 * Frictional Head Loss
Frictional Pressure (PSI) = Frictional Pressure (PSF) / 144
|Aluminum and Lead||0.001 – 0.002|
|Asphalted Cast Iron||0.012|
|Concrete||0.3 – 3|
|Corroding Cast Iron||1.5 – 2.5|
|Drawn Brass, Drawn Copper||0.0015|
|New Cast Iron||0.25 – 0.8|
|PVC and Plastic Pipes||0.0015|
|Riveted Steel||0.9 – 9|
|Rusted Steel||0.15 – 4|
|Steel Commercial Pipe||0.045 – 0.09|
|Well Planed Wood||0.18 – 0.9|
|Worn Cast Iron||0.8 – 1.5|
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