Valve Flow Coefficient Cv / Kv

Written by Jerry Ratzlaff on . Posted in Fluid Dynamics

Valve flow coefficient, abbreviared as \(C_v\), also called valve sizing coefficient, is the number of US gallons of water at 60°F that will flow throuhg a valve in one minute when the pressure differential across the valve is one pound per square inch (psi).

Valve Flow Coefficient Cv / Kv Formula

\(\large{ C_v =   Q  \sqrt{  \frac{SG}{\Delta P} } }\)

\(\large{ Q =   C_v  \sqrt{  \frac{\Delta P}{SG} }  }\)

\(\large{ \Delta P =   SG  \left( \frac{Q}{C_v} \right)   }\)

\(\large{ K_v =   Q  \sqrt{  \frac{SG}{\Delta P} } }\)

\(\large{ Q =   K_v  \sqrt{  \frac{\Delta P}{SG}  } }\)

\(\large{ \Delta P =   SG  \left( \frac{Q}{K_v} \right)   }\)       


\(\large{ C_v }\) = valve flow coefficient (US units)

\(\large{ K_v }\) = valve flow coefficient (SI units)

\(\large{ Q }\) = valve flow rate

\(\large{ \Delta P }\) = valve pressure differential

\(\large{ SG }\) = specific gravity of fluid


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