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Homework Help: Mass flow rate through De Laval Nozzle

  1. Jan 15, 2012 #1
    Hey guys,

    Ive got a little stuck calculating the mass flow rate of a choked flow through a de laval nozzle.

    I have been given a formula to use for theoretical max and experimental but they seem to be SO far apart, im sure im missing something.

    Given data:

    Density of water 1000 kg/m^3
    Throat diameter (nozzle) 4.79mm
    Exit diameter (nozzle) 5.54mm
    Probe diameter 3.30mm
    Coefficient of discharge of orifice plate 0.6
    orifice diameter 27.03mm
    pipe diameter 76.2mm
    gamma ratio of specific heats 1.4
    gas constant 287 J/(kg K)
    Absolute zero 273 degrees c / 0 K
    Delta H = 2" = 0.0508m

    See useful equations in attached image.

    The manometer had water in it, and thus rho g H uses water density and delta H as above.

    Please also see my attempt in the attached images for the theoretical and experimental equations.

    The problem, they seem to be miles apart, am I using the correct diameters?

    What am I getting wrong?

    I hope you can help!



    Attached Files:

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  3. Jan 16, 2012 #2
    Update: I found the error. For p1-p2 I had the pressure difference in Pascals when of course the difference would be in Kilo Pascals, this unit change fixed the errors and gave me sensible answers. Little sad that nobody on here was any help! :(

    Also I cannot see how to mark this thread as [Solved], it wont let me edit my original post.
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