Volumetric Efficiency

Written by Jerry Ratzlaff on . Posted in Fluid Dynamics

Volumetric efficiency, abbreviated as \( \eta_v \) (Greek symbol eta), a dimensionless number, is the calculation for an internal combustion engine.  This is the calculation for the volumetric efficiency for an internal combustion engine.  For a thermal engine, the combustion process depends on the air-fuel ratio inside the cylinder.  The more air inside the combustion chamber, the more fuel that can be burned and the higher the output engine torque and power.


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Volumetric Efficiency Formulas

\(\large{ \eta_v = \frac{3456 \; CFM}{CID \; RPM} }\)   
\(\large{ \eta_v = \frac{ s \; 100 }{ TS } }\) (motor)
\(\large{ \eta_v = \frac{ GPM \; 100 }{ TF } }\) (pump)


 Units English Metric
\(\large{ \eta_v }\)  (Greek symbol eta) = volumetric efficiency \(\large{dimensionless}\)
\(\large{ CFM }\) = air flow in cubic feet per minute \(\large{\frac{ft^3}{min}}\) \(\large{\frac{m^3}{min}}\)
\(\large{ CID }\) = cubic inch displacement \(\large{in^3}\) \(\large{mm^3}\)
\(\large{ CIR }\) = cubic inch per revolution \(\large{\frac{in^3}{rev}}\) \(\large{\frac{mm^3}{rev}}\)
\(\large{ GPM }\) = flow in gallon per minute \(\large{\frac{gal}{min}}\)  \(\large{\frac{L}{min}}\)  
\(\large{ RPM }\) = pump revolution per minute \(\large{\frac{rev}{min}}\) \(\large{\frac{rev}{min}}\)
\(\large{ s }\) = speed \(\large{\frac{ft}{sec}}\)  \(\large{\frac{m}{s}}\)
\(\large{ TF }\) = theoretical flow \(\large{\frac{ft}{sec}}\) \(\large{\frac{m}{s}}\) 
\(\large{ TS }\) = theoretical speed \(\large{\frac{ft}{sec}}\)   \(\large{\frac{m}{s}}\) 

 Solve for:

\(\large{ TS = \frac{ GPM \; 231 }{ CIR } }\) (motor)
\(\large{ TF = \frac{ RPM \; CIR }{ 231 } }\)  (pump) 


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