How can we calculate the head loss due to various bends in a reciprocating compressor? Will the cfm increase substantially by reducing bends? How to reduce the bends and fittings?
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Dr. Meherwan P Boyce Forum Moderator 27 Posts
Re: Head loss calculations10 May 2007 at 1:29pmEvaluate the differential pressure per return bend, then total the pressure drop for all the piping.
Pd = K(V2/2g)
Pressure drop for K velocity heads, where K = 0.5 for each return bend
V2 = Velocity squared base on the flowing velocity in the piping.
It is estimated that reducing the number of pipe bends will not increase the cfm substantially.