Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Evaporation of Water: Error in Formula?

  1. Jun 29, 2008 #1
    I am trying to calculate the rate (g/m2) of water evaporation given Temperature, Humidity, Air Speed, elevation.

    The best source of an equation for this I have found is from engineeringtoolbox.com, but I have found a possible error in their calculation. (I am in a far off land with no access to real textbooks)

    The equation:
    g = Θ A (xs - x) (1)
    g = amount of evaporated water (kg/h)
    Θ = (25 + 19 v) = evaporation coefficient (kg/m2h)

    However, later on the example switches air speed units:
    g = ( 25 + 19 (0.5 (m/s)) ) ( 25 (m) 20 (m) ) ( 0,019826 (kg/kg) - 0.0115 (kg/kg)) / 3600
    = 0.04 kg/s

    When I use this equation with m/s and kg/s, I get an inflated evaporation rate (their example alone provides and incredible evaporation rate for a pool).

    Can anyone give me a confirmation of this equation?

    Is there a more recommended equation for calculating evaporation(and a source)?

    Thank you
  2. jcsd
  3. Jul 1, 2008 #2
    This should work.

    M-dot= (A)(42.6+37.6V)(Pw-Pa)/Hv


    m-dot= evaporation rate, kg/hr
    A= surface area, m^2
    V= air velocity over water surface, m/s
    Pw= saturation vapor pressure at water temperature, mm Hg
    Ps= saturation vapor pressure of air dew point, mm Hg
    Hv= latent heat of vaporization of water at pool temperature, about 2270 KJ/Kg
  4. Jul 1, 2008 #3
    This equation is also giving me inflated evaporation rates:

    A = 9m2
    V = 0.5m/s
    Pw (at 25 deg. C) = 11.76 mmHg
    Ps (at 50% RH) = 23.53 mmHg

    m-dot = 2.84 kg/hr

    At this rate my pool will empty almost as fast as I can fill it.

    I am using the following equations for computing the Pressures (in Pa, and in visualbasic)

    Public Function Vap_Pres_Sat(TempK As Double) As Double

    Vap_Pres_Sat = 22105649.25 * Exp((-27405.526 + 97.5413 * TempK + -0.146244 * TempK ^ 2 + 0.00012558 * TempK ^ 3 + -0.000000048502 * TempK ^ 4) / (4.34903 * TempK - 0.0039381 * TempK ^ 2))

    End Function

    Public Function Vap_Pres(TempK As Double, RH As Double) As Double

    Vap_Pres = Vap_Pres_Sat(TempK) * RH

    End Function
  5. Jul 2, 2008 #4
    Pw@25 C = 23.71 mmHG

    Ps@ 18 C = 15.46 mmHG ( 25 C air temp, 50% RH)

    m-dot= 2 KG/hr, that is about .0022 cm/hr drop in water level for a 9 m^2 surface area

    For a vapor pressure calculator goto:


    To review evaporation rate information goto:

    "Measurement and analysis of Evaporation from an inactive outdoor swimming pool"

  6. May 3, 2010 #5
    I don't have a formula for you, however, I can tell you from experience that you can expect no more than a 1/2 inch of evaporation, for a full day, in the hottest of weather. You can expect increased evaporation if you are in a very windy area. If you think your evaporating too much water, turn the pool off overnight, if you've lost water overnite chances are you have a leak.
  7. May 7, 2010 #6
Know someone interested in this topic? Share this thread via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook

Have something to add?

Similar Discussions: Evaporation of Water: Error in Formula?
  1. Evaporator terms (Replies: 7)