Calculate expected flow rate through a tube
Hi,
I was wondering if someone could assist me in working out the expected flow rate (or velocity is fine) in a horizontal stainless steel tube.
Given a head pressure of 30 meters, a tube (stainless steel) 6mm internal diameter of length 16 meters  how does one calculate the flow rate for water?
Any assistance would be much appreciated.
I was wondering if someone could assist me in working out the expected flow rate (or velocity is fine) in a horizontal stainless steel tube.
Given a head pressure of 30 meters, a tube (stainless steel) 6mm internal diameter of length 16 meters  how does one calculate the flow rate for water?
Any assistance would be much appreciated.
Re: Calculate expected flow rate through a tube
You must know pressure on the start and pressure on the end of pipe. Do you have any obstacles in pipeline? What is the difference in height from start to finish?
Pipe flow calculations  since 2000
Re: Calculate expected flow rate through a tube
Pressure head at the start is 30 meters of water
End of the pipe is open  and no obstacle within pipe or at end.
water temp ambient (20C  72f)
Starting height is equal to ending height (ie horizontally laid)
End of the pipe is open  and no obstacle within pipe or at end.
water temp ambient (20C  72f)
Starting height is equal to ending height (ie horizontally laid)
Re: Calculate expected flow rate through a tube
Here is the report that I have for your inputs:
Pipe pressure drop calculator CALCULATION REPORT
1. volume flow rate (q): q = 3.3384428 l/min
2. weight flow rate (w): w = 200.30681 kg/h
3. pipe length (L): L = 30 m
4. pipe diameter (D): D = 6 mm
5. pipe roughness (kr): kr = 0.1 mm
6. density (ρ): ρ = 1000 kg/m3
7. kinematic viscosity (ν): ν = 1.006 mm2/s
8. dynamic viscosity (μ): μ = 0.0010060001 Pas
9. K factor  minor lossed coefficient (K ): K = 0.0
10. velocity (V): V = 1.9678915 m/s
11. cross section area (A): A = 28.274336 mm2
12. friction coefficient (f): f = 0.030398201
13. Reynolds number (Re): Re = 11736.927
14. boundary layer (δ): δ = 0.10340908 mm
15. pressure on the pipe start (p1): p1 = 40.328747 mWS
16. pressure on the pipe end (p2): p2 = 10.328746 mWS
17. pressure drop (p1p2): p1p2 = 30 mWS
This report is generated using pressure drop calculator at:
http://www.pipeflowcalculations.com/pressuredrop/
Pipe pressure drop calculator CALCULATION REPORT
1. volume flow rate (q): q = 3.3384428 l/min
2. weight flow rate (w): w = 200.30681 kg/h
3. pipe length (L): L = 30 m
4. pipe diameter (D): D = 6 mm
5. pipe roughness (kr): kr = 0.1 mm
6. density (ρ): ρ = 1000 kg/m3
7. kinematic viscosity (ν): ν = 1.006 mm2/s
8. dynamic viscosity (μ): μ = 0.0010060001 Pas
9. K factor  minor lossed coefficient (K ): K = 0.0
10. velocity (V): V = 1.9678915 m/s
11. cross section area (A): A = 28.274336 mm2
12. friction coefficient (f): f = 0.030398201
13. Reynolds number (Re): Re = 11736.927
14. boundary layer (δ): δ = 0.10340908 mm
15. pressure on the pipe start (p1): p1 = 40.328747 mWS
16. pressure on the pipe end (p2): p2 = 10.328746 mWS
17. pressure drop (p1p2): p1p2 = 30 mWS
This report is generated using pressure drop calculator at:
http://www.pipeflowcalculations.com/pressuredrop/
Pipe flow calculations  since 2000
Re: Calculate expected flow rate through a tube
Excellent  thanks for your help! I must have been looking at the wrong calculator!

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 Joined:Thu Mar 17, 2011 8:21 pm
Re: Calculate expected flow rate through a tube
I also need to estimate a flow rate through a tube. This time assuming 100% toluene. I have the density (.87g/l) and viscosity (.68cSt) and viscosity inlet and outlet pressures (from a tank with 25psi head pressure into another tank at 12psi) , but need help finding the K value and Kr. Tube is 192" long combo of 3/4" ID stainless and teflon lined and I am ignoring a 7' static head at this time for a ballpark flowrate check.
Re: Calculate expected flow rate through a tube
Here is the report that I have for your inputs:
Pipe pressure drop calculator CALCULATION REPORT
1. volume flow rate (q): q = 8.040907 gpm US
2. weight flow rate (w): w = 58.381325 lb/min
3. pipe length (L): L = 192 ft
4 pipe diameter (D): D = 0.75 in
5. pipe roughness (kr): kr = 0.01 mm
6. density (ρ): ρ = 870 kg/m3
7. kinematic viscosity (ν): ν = 0.68 cSt
8. dynamic viscosity (μ): μ = 5.916E004 Pas
9. K factor  minor lossed coefficient (K ): K = 0.0
10. velocity (V): V = 1.7798676 m/s
11. cross section area (A): A = 285.02295 mm2
12. friction coefficient (f): f = 0.021173518
13. Reynolds number (Re): Re = 49862.465
14. boundary layer (δ): δ = 0.09259989 mm
15. pressure on the pipe start (p1): p1 = 25 psi
16. pressure on the pipe end (p2): p2 = 12 psi
17. pressure drop (p1p2): p1p2 = 13 psi
Important things are  pressures are absolute  if not please use calculator and enter absolute values.
If you have no obstacles in pipe than K = 0. If not you must know number of elbows tees reducers valves pipe entrance and pipe exit.
You have all resistance coefficients at:
http://www.pipeflowcalculations.com/res ... fficientK/
Kr for stainless pipe I used 0.01 mm.
Used calculator is at:
http://www.pipeflowcalculations.com/pressuredrop/
Pipe pressure drop calculator CALCULATION REPORT
1. volume flow rate (q): q = 8.040907 gpm US
2. weight flow rate (w): w = 58.381325 lb/min
3. pipe length (L): L = 192 ft
4 pipe diameter (D): D = 0.75 in
5. pipe roughness (kr): kr = 0.01 mm
6. density (ρ): ρ = 870 kg/m3
7. kinematic viscosity (ν): ν = 0.68 cSt
8. dynamic viscosity (μ): μ = 5.916E004 Pas
9. K factor  minor lossed coefficient (K ): K = 0.0
10. velocity (V): V = 1.7798676 m/s
11. cross section area (A): A = 285.02295 mm2
12. friction coefficient (f): f = 0.021173518
13. Reynolds number (Re): Re = 49862.465
14. boundary layer (δ): δ = 0.09259989 mm
15. pressure on the pipe start (p1): p1 = 25 psi
16. pressure on the pipe end (p2): p2 = 12 psi
17. pressure drop (p1p2): p1p2 = 13 psi
Important things are  pressures are absolute  if not please use calculator and enter absolute values.
If you have no obstacles in pipe than K = 0. If not you must know number of elbows tees reducers valves pipe entrance and pipe exit.
You have all resistance coefficients at:
http://www.pipeflowcalculations.com/res ... fficientK/
Kr for stainless pipe I used 0.01 mm.
Used calculator is at:
http://www.pipeflowcalculations.com/pressuredrop/
Pipe flow calculations  since 2000

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 Joined:Thu Mar 17, 2011 8:21 pm
Re: Calculate expected flow rate through a tube
Ok I determined a K factor of 4.5 from the calculator. We have some unit errors on the calc above but when I try to rerun I get infinity for the friction coefficient. Some fields come prefilled in the calculator and I can't edit. What is the preferred order of entry? First I am zeroing out any white fields and changing the unit selection, then entering my knowns, then calculate  then come the bid red box and no way to edit.
Looking for Q in liters per minute
L = 192 inches
D = 0.620 inches
P1  P2 = 12 psi
density = .87 = 870 grams/liter
v = .68 Centistokes
K = 4.5
k = .01
Looking for Q in liters per minute
L = 192 inches
D = 0.620 inches
P1  P2 = 12 psi
density = .87 = 870 grams/liter
v = .68 Centistokes
K = 4.5
k = .01
Re: Calculate expected flow rate through a tube
Here is what I have for your inputs:
Pipe pressure drop calculator CALCULATION REPORT
1. volume flow rate (q): q = 1615.3934 l/min
2. weight flow rate (w): w = 84.32364 kg/h
3. pipe length (L): L = 192 in
4. pipe diameter (D): D = 0.62 in
5. pipe roughness (kr): kr = 0.01 mm
6. density (ρ): ρ = 0.87 kg/m3
7. kinematic viscosity (ν): ν = 0.68 cSt
8. dynamic viscosity (μ): μ = 5.9160004E007 Pas
9. K factor  minor lossed coefficient (K ): K = 4.5
10. velocity (V): V = 138.22519 m/s
11. cross section area (A): A = 194.77835 mm2
12. friction coefficient (f): f = 0.017615883
13. Reynolds number (Re): Re = 3201132.5
14. boundary layer (δ): δ = 0.0020060984 mm
15. pressure on the pipe start (p1): p1 = 27 psi
16. pressure on the pipe end (p2): p2 = 15 psi
17. pressure drop (p1p2): p1p2 = 12 psi
Values that you can not input are results that are calculated  do not need to enter them.
Pipe pressure drop calculator CALCULATION REPORT
1. volume flow rate (q): q = 1615.3934 l/min
2. weight flow rate (w): w = 84.32364 kg/h
3. pipe length (L): L = 192 in
4. pipe diameter (D): D = 0.62 in
5. pipe roughness (kr): kr = 0.01 mm
6. density (ρ): ρ = 0.87 kg/m3
7. kinematic viscosity (ν): ν = 0.68 cSt
8. dynamic viscosity (μ): μ = 5.9160004E007 Pas
9. K factor  minor lossed coefficient (K ): K = 4.5
10. velocity (V): V = 138.22519 m/s
11. cross section area (A): A = 194.77835 mm2
12. friction coefficient (f): f = 0.017615883
13. Reynolds number (Re): Re = 3201132.5
14. boundary layer (δ): δ = 0.0020060984 mm
15. pressure on the pipe start (p1): p1 = 27 psi
16. pressure on the pipe end (p2): p2 = 15 psi
17. pressure drop (p1p2): p1p2 = 12 psi
Values that you can not input are results that are calculated  do not need to enter them.
Pipe flow calculations  since 2000
Re: Calculate expected flow rate through a tube
As a newbie this post provided two examples that allowed me to check that I was using the flow rate calculator corrrectly. Let me summarize the examples in a way that may help other newbies.
You simply input these 7 items: the report numbers these as 37, 9, and 17. Item 15 is required but does not affect the calculation, so put in any number.
INPUT ITEMS
3. pipe length (L): L = 30 m
4. pipe diameter (D): D = 6 mm
5. pipe roughness (kr): kr = 0.1 mm
6. density (rho): rho = 1000 kg/m3
7. kinematic viscosity (mu): mu = 1.006 mm2/s
9. K factor  minor lossed coefficient (K ): K = 0.0
15. pressure on the pipe start (p1): p1 = 40.328747 mWS
17. pressure drop (p1p2): p1p2 = 30 mWS
CALCULATED RESULTS
1. volume flow rate (q): q = 3.3384428 l/min
2. weight flow rate (w): w = 200.30681 kg/h
8. dynamic viscosity (µ): µ = 0.0010060001 Pas
10. velocity (V): V = 1.9678915 m/s
11. cross section area (A): A = 28.274336 mm2
12. friction coefficient (f): f = 0.030398201
13. Reynolds number (Re): Re = 11736.927
14. boundary layer (d): d = 0.10340908 mm
16. pressure on the pipe end (p2): p2 = 10.328746 mWS
And for the second example you just input these items:
3. pipe length (L): L = 192 in
4. pipe diameter (D): D = 0.62 in
5. pipe roughness (kr): kr = 0.01 mm
6. density (ρ): ρ = 0.87 kg/m3
7. kinematic viscosity (ν): ν = 0.68 cSt
9. K factor  minor lossed coefficient (K ): K = 4.5
15. pressure on the pipe start (p1): p1 = 27 psi
17. pressure drop (p1p2): p1p2 = 12 psi
You simply input these 7 items: the report numbers these as 37, 9, and 17. Item 15 is required but does not affect the calculation, so put in any number.
INPUT ITEMS
3. pipe length (L): L = 30 m
4. pipe diameter (D): D = 6 mm
5. pipe roughness (kr): kr = 0.1 mm
6. density (rho): rho = 1000 kg/m3
7. kinematic viscosity (mu): mu = 1.006 mm2/s
9. K factor  minor lossed coefficient (K ): K = 0.0
15. pressure on the pipe start (p1): p1 = 40.328747 mWS
17. pressure drop (p1p2): p1p2 = 30 mWS
CALCULATED RESULTS
1. volume flow rate (q): q = 3.3384428 l/min
2. weight flow rate (w): w = 200.30681 kg/h
8. dynamic viscosity (µ): µ = 0.0010060001 Pas
10. velocity (V): V = 1.9678915 m/s
11. cross section area (A): A = 28.274336 mm2
12. friction coefficient (f): f = 0.030398201
13. Reynolds number (Re): Re = 11736.927
14. boundary layer (d): d = 0.10340908 mm
16. pressure on the pipe end (p2): p2 = 10.328746 mWS
And for the second example you just input these items:
3. pipe length (L): L = 192 in
4. pipe diameter (D): D = 0.62 in
5. pipe roughness (kr): kr = 0.01 mm
6. density (ρ): ρ = 0.87 kg/m3
7. kinematic viscosity (ν): ν = 0.68 cSt
9. K factor  minor lossed coefficient (K ): K = 4.5
15. pressure on the pipe start (p1): p1 = 27 psi
17. pressure drop (p1p2): p1p2 = 12 psi