HVAC Pulley Math Page 3 of 18By William Grecow2gre@verizon.netWarrington, Pa.8/20/09
Equation-4 must now be modified to conform with the physical relationships of existing pulley diameters versus modified new pulley diameters. The RFP2 variable whichindicates the new RPM of the fan must have a substitution of DPF2, DPM2 and MPR2.DPF becomes DPF1, DPM becomes DPM1 and MPR becomes MPR1.
where:HP2 = New brake horsepowerHP1 = Existing brake horsepowerDPM1 = Existing diameter of motor pulleyDPF1 = Existing diameter of fan pulleyMPR1 = RPM of motor pulleyDPM2 = New or existing diameter of motor pulleyDPF2 = New or existing diameter of fan pulleyMPR2 = New RPM of motor pulley (in cases where a VFD is involved the existingmotor rpm will not equal the new motor rpm)
Example-1: (Pulley Change motor speed constant- Find New Horsepower)
An existing fan has a motor pulley with an 8 inch diameter, a fan pulley of 6 inch diameter,and is operating at 3.7 brake horsepower. The motor is running at 1,740 RPM and is not ona variable frequency drive. The fan pulley is being replaced with a 5 inch diameter pulley, thenew brake horsepower can be calculated using equation-5.
The existing fan rpm with the 6" pulley is:81740817402,340 rpm2,784 rpm65
817403.765HP26.4 Brake Horsepower81740
The new brake horsepower is now 6.4 due to the increase in fan rpm.