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    Question re water velocity and flow rate

    Hello!

    The question reads like this-

    "What is the water flow rate in a 10 inch diameter pipe in gallons per minute when the flow velocity is 1.8 feet per second?"

    I know I first need to calculate the area of the pipe, which I believe is .54 sq ft.
    Can anyone help with the next step?

    Thank you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg999 View Post
    Hello!

    The question reads like this-

    "What is the water flow rate in a 10 inch diameter pipe in gallons per minute when the flow velocity is 1.8 feet per second?"

    I know I first need to calculate the area of the pipe, which I believe is .54 sq ft.
    Can anyone help with the next step?

    Thank you.
    Volume per second is Area times Speed and if these are in sq ft and fps the volume rate will be in cubic feet per second

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    Area times speed. That would make the answer .54 times 1.8?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg999 View Post
    Area times speed. That would make the answer .54 times 1.8?
    No, the area is incorrectly rounded (and state the units)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg999 View Post
    Area times speed. That would make the answer .54 times 1.8?
    More correctly, it is .54 square feet times 1.8 feet per second which will give a result in "cubic feet per second"- but you want gallons per second. Both "cubic feet" and "gallons" are volume measures. You will need to look up how many gallons there are in a cubic foot. Then multiply "cubic feet per second" times "gallons per cubic foot" to get "gallons per second".
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