WATER FLOW THROUGH STEEL OR COPPER PIPE

Steel or copper piping is generally sized for water flow that will result in a friction loss of approximately 2 feet of water per 100 feet of pipe length and a velocity of 7 feet per second or less. This chart indicates the flow in GPM that a pipe size can generally handle:

Pipe Size ½" ¾" 1" 1 ¼" 1 ½" 2" 2 ½" 3" 4" 5" 6" 8"

GPM Up to 1.5 2 - 3.5 4-7 8 - 14 15 - 22 23 - 40 41 - 70 71 - 120 121 - 250 251 - 450 451 - 700 701 - 1200

Adapted from: HVAC Technician's Handbook, LAMA Books, www.lamabooks.com

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