# CO2 Flow Rate

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1. Feb 23, 2015

### cerny77

Hello guys,
I need to calculate the flow rate for the following system. 2 lines of CO2 cyclinders at 60 bar. Each line (1/2'') goes to a 1/2'' PSV valve. Downstream the 2 PSV the line are collected together into 1'' pipe.
The two PSV are identical and as per datasheet they have the following characteristics:
- max volume flow (working condition): 24,669 m^3/h
- max volume flow (standard condition): 4265,116 m^3/h
- max mass flow: 8372,849 kg/hr
First question: Do you think it is possible to calculate the flow rate trhough the 1'' pipe with the datas above?
second question: don't you think that 8372,849 kh/hr are a huge quantity considering that all this mass with pass through 1/2'' hole?
Thank you very much!

2. Feb 23, 2015

### Bystander

Is this a sustained flow? Carbon dioxide has a huge Joule-Thomson coefficient, and it's no trick at all for a flow path to freeze closed at even small constrictions. You say PSV: this is to relieve a system to prevent overfilling of bottles?

3. Feb 23, 2015

### cerny77

The flow will occure in case, during CO2 discharge for fire extinguish, pressure in the line will go for some reason above 170 Barg (PSV set point). Under this circumstances I will have flow through the system (CO2 nozzles) plus flow through the 2 PSV valves which will relieve the pressure. I need now to calculate the flow on the two (1/2'') lines downstream the PSV's having just data sheet of the valves and pressure upstream each valve (170 Barg).

4. Feb 23, 2015

### Staff: Mentor

What are your professional education and certifications for being given the job of designing this fire extinguishing system? Why are you asking on an Internet forum how to design a system that has life-saving (or not) ramifications?

5. Feb 24, 2015

### cerny77

The system is already designed... i wanted just to double check backpressure downstream the PSV valves and i have just asked feedback on how to calculate flow rate of CO2 gas flow... not to design the system, but anyway... you're right...maybe i shouldn't ask such kind of info trhough a forum just thought it could be interesting also for others.
Thanks