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Need formula/help with mass air flow

  1. Sep 4, 2009 #1

    My name is Quinton and I am doing a small project that includes a small compressed air tank attached to a section of 2" PVC pipe. My problem is I need to find the force that the air creates when all the air from the tank is released through a valve (also 2"). Any help is appreciated.

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  3. Sep 4, 2009 #2
    You have to calculate the force when air is released by knowing what? I mean, i imagine you´ll be able to know the air's pressure and volume, is that the data that I can use to give you and answer?

  4. Sep 4, 2009 #3
    Correct. The tank has a volume of 603.18 inches3 and the tank would be at a pressure of 80psi.
  5. Sep 4, 2009 #4
    You´ll see Quintonbs I've been doing some calculation and I have found a formulae that gives the force that will develop the air going out the tank. I'm quite unconfident of it beacuse it looks "odd" to me (too simple, too... I don't know), so please if anybody who can judge it read this post i ask him/her to do it.

    If A is the section of the pipe inside which air flows and P is pressure inside of the tank and P0 outside it, the propulsion force in the opposite direction of the air flow in modulus is given by:


    I´ll keep on this tomorrow so is probable i do some corrections

    salutatios :)
  6. Sep 6, 2009 #5
    That kind of sounds right. But the variable that I can't seem to fit anywhere is time. The longer the mass of air takes to exit the nozzle the less force it will give. I don't know how to calculate that in.
  7. Sep 6, 2009 #6
    Yeh, as I said I've doing some more calculations and found that the problem is to obtain a P(t) since pressure inside the tank decreases as air is released of it.
  8. Sep 6, 2009 #7
    Here I show my calculations to get a P(t), so please if anybody see any mistake in my approach i'd be glad to know. Well lets start:

    1st Consider the state equation for ideal gases

    [tex]PV=nRT\Rightarrow PV=\frac{m}{P_{m}}RT[/tex]

    then if m is the mass of air inside the tank and P its pressure (the rest of factors are constants), differenciate both sides of the eq. to get dP/dt


    2nd Using the expression I found for the above-calculated Fprop of dm/dt and simplifying we get the ODE


    here A is the section of the valve, V is the volume of the tank and v is a constant that depends on air's temperature as follows


    where R is the ideal gasses constant (R=0.082 atm·L/mol·ºK), Pm air's molecuar mass and T air's temperature.

    3rd Solve this 1st order-separable ODE (whith sightly heavy integration) with condition P(0)=Pi and get P(t)


    where k is


    Just to make clear P is P(t), P0 is atmosferic pressure and Pi is initial pressure in the tank.

    That was the calculations I made for modelizing air flowing out a constant-volume tank, so to get the "desired" ;) F(t) just put P(t) in the formulae I wrote above:


    Hope this helps, good science Quintonbs. :)
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