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Homework Help: Formula for water pressure, flow and power

  1. Aug 7, 2007 #1
    I feel like this should be readily available, but I cannot find any information about it through google.

    I am trying to find a formula that will tell me the amount of energy necessary to inject water into a system at a given pressure.

    Put another way: I have a pipe of a known size and water (pipe a) is flowing through it at a know pressure (pressure x). I want to hook a pipe (pipe b) up to that original pipe a to inject additional water into it. I want to make sure that I am injecting the water into that system at a fixed flow (measured in GPM). I need to find out how much energy (say in horsepower or kPA) I would need to use to inject the water.

    or graphically what is the energy necessary to inject a constant stream of water at point O, given pressure x?:

    PIPE A (pressure x)

    I know that if pressure x is low, then I will not need very much energy to inject the water into that pipe, and if it is high, I will require quite a bit of energy.

    I however, do not know the specific formula that is used to calculate this energy requirement. Any links, or simply the formula, if known, would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks very much.
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  3. Aug 9, 2007 #2


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    [tex]P = p*\dot{V}[/tex]

    [tex]P[/tex] is the power required
    [tex]p[/tex] is the pressure required
    [tex]\dot{V}[/tex] is the volumetric flow rate

    Make sure your units are consistent, i.e. use the standard units, m, sec, N or Lbf, ft, s.

    If you are pumping water and need it quick you can use this too:

    [tex]HP = \frac{\tex{psi}*\tex{GPM}}{1714}[/tex]

    [tex]HP[/tex] is the power in horesepower
    [tex]psi[/tex] is the pumping pressure in psi(g)
    [tex]GPM[/tex] is the flow rate in gallons per minute
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2007
  4. Apr 29, 2010 #3
    I would like to calculate the power need for fulfilling a pressurized airflow stream. With water it is simple but since air is a compressible gas it gets more difficult, or not? I've seen different alternatives. Please help!

    regards /k
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