The Compressible Flow Pressure Loss Calculator is used determine the pressure loss for compressible, flowing gases. Calculations are based on gas properties such as molecular weight and specific heat ratio, and physical specifications for pipes, tubes, valves, and fittings. This calculator is designed for use with clean commercial steel pipes, galvanized iron pipes, drawn tubing, cast iron pipes, PVC pipes, fiberglass pipes, and asphalted cast iron pipes.
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Nominal Pipe Size:
Pipe Schedule:
Piping Material:
Flow Rate:
Flow Rate Units:
Viscosity: (cP) (Typical Values)
Typical Viscosity Values
Air @ 70F.0180 cP
Ammonia @ 70F.0100 cP
Carbon Dioxide @ 70F.0143 cP
Temperature: (F)
Gas Molecular Weight: (lb/lbmol) (Typical Values)
Typical Molecular Weight Values
ACETYLENE26 lb/lbmol
AIR29 lb/lbmol
AMMONIA17 lb/lbmol
ARGON39.9 lb/lbmol
CHLORINE70.9 lb/lbmol
HYDROGEN2 lb/lbmol
NATURAL GAS19.5 lb/lbmol
NITROGEN28 lb/lbmol
OXYGEN32 lb/lbmol
PROPANE44.1 lb/lbmol
STEAM18 lb/lbmol
Specific Heat Ratio: (Typical Values)
Typical Specific Heat Ratio Values
Carbon Dioxide1.30
Natural Gas1.27
Compressibility Factor:
Inlet Pressure:
Piping Length (ft):
Flanged or Butt-Welded Elbows
Threaded Elbows
Entrance and Exit
Increasers and Reducers

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