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Thread: : Calc. CFM from pressure drops
face BY : Russell McMahon email (remove spam text)

** Is it possible to calculate, or estimate, CFM through an orifice of a
known size by the pressure, psi,  on each side of the orifice? This would be
ambient air at about 75 degrees F and, say, 50% relative humidity. **

There is an easy way to set an UPPER limit - the maximum flow velocity is
sonic in the "throat". While sonic velocity will vary with temperature and
pressure, this fact will give you a first approximation. Sonic flow occurs
for pressure differentials above about 30 psi AFAIR. Searching for "De Laval
nozzle" will give you leads to rocket nozzle design which is what you are
ending up with (even though it doesn't look much like one :-) ).


Somewhat technical intro (but it's going to be)
I think this probably will allow you to work out what you want to know




Flow through an orifice - just about spot on (maybe :-) )
(See 'Sonic flow from the end of a pipe')


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