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Relief Valve Orifice Area to API RP 526

This article lists the standard effective orifice areas for the orifice designations found in API RP 526 5th edition. These orifice designations set the minimum effective orifice area which a relief valve must have to meet the API 526 requirements and must be used with the sizing equations in API RP 520 Part I.


Torque and Electric Motors
Torque and Electric Motors

Torque is an important parameter in ensuring motors are well suited to their intended service. This article demonstrates how to calculate torque for a given motor or drive, and provides a brief introduction to motors and torque.


Estimation of Pump Moment of Inertia

The moment of inertia of a pump is its resistance to changes in angular velocity as it rotates about its shaft. Knowledge of the moment of inertia of a pump, motor and associated components is typically required for transient analysis of a pumped system. This article presents methods by which pump and motor moment of inertia may be estimated.


Accurate Readings from Log Plots
Accurate Readings from Log Plots

Reading values from a graph or plot with a logarithmic axis visually is difficult and will often result in inaccurate readings. This article presents formulae which may be used with measurements from a graph axis to obtain more accurate values.


Pump Specific Speed
Pump Specific Speed

Pump Specific Speed, NS is a method of characterising a pump duty by head, flow rate and rotational speed. Pump specific speed may be used to determine an appropriate pump design for a given application when choosing between axial, radial or multistage centrifugal designs or positive displacement pumps.


Pressure Drop Through a Packed Bed
Pressure Drop Through a Packed Bed

As fluid flows through a packed bed it experiences a pressure loss due to friction. This article describes the use of the Carman-Kozeny and Ergun equations for the calculation of pressure drop through a randomly packed bed of spheres.


Birmingham Wire Gauge

Birmingham Wire Gauge (BWG), also known as Stubs Iron Wire Gauge is a system of measurements describing thickness. BWG has been historically used to describe the outside diameter of small tubes and wires, as well as the wall thickness of some large tubes (such as those used within a shell and tube heat exchanger). This article presents length conversions for BWG values into metric and imperial units.


Terminal Velocity of Particles for Gravity Separation
Terminal Velocity of Particles for Gravity Separation

There are many operations in which two phases must be separated. These separations may be gas-liquid, gas-solid, liquid-liquid or liquid-solid, with several factors such as relative densities, gravity, fluid velocities and the shape of particles and/or droplets influence the phase separability. In this article we present the fundamentals of these separations and provide the Stoke's, Intermediate and Newton's formulae for calculating the terminal velocities of settling particles to analyse separation systems.


Nominal Pipe Characteristics in Metric Units

Nominal Pipe Size (NPS) is a defined set of standard pipe sizes commonly used for process piping. NPS piping is defined in terms of a nominal diameter and wall thickness (defined by the pipe schedule). This article provides characteristics for NPS piping in metric units.


Nominal Pipe Characteristics in Imperial Units

Nominal Pipe Size (NPS) is a defined set of standard pipe sizes commonly used for process piping. NPS piping is defined in terms of a nominal diameter and wall thickness (defined by the pipe schedule). This article provides characteristics for NPS piping in Imperial units.