# Equivalent Diameter

## Convert rectangular and oval duct geometry to a equivalent circular diameter - online calculator with imperial and SI-units

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The equivalent diameter is the diameter of a circular duct or pipe that gives the same pressure loss as an equivalent rectangular duct or pipe.

The equivalent diameter of a rectangular tube or duct can be calculated as (Huebscher)

d_{e}= 1.30 (a b)^{0.625}/ (a + b)^{0.25}(1)

where

d_{e}= equivalent diameter (mm, inches)

a= length of major or minor side (mm, inches)

b= length of minor or major side (mm, inches)

### Example - Equivalent Diameter

The equivalent diameter of a 300 mm x 500 mm rectangular duct can be calculated as

*d _{e} = 1.30 ((300 mm) (500 mm))^{0.625} / ((300 mm) + (500 mm))^{0.25}*

= *420 mm*

### Rectangular to Equivalent Circular Duct Calculator

The calculator below is based on formula (1). The formula is generic and any unit can be used.

Equivalent diameters for some common **mm** rectangular dimensions are shown in the table below:

Circular equivalent diameter - d _{e}(mm) | |||||||||||||||
---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|

Duct side - a -(mm) | Duct side - b (mm) | ||||||||||||||

100 | 150 | 200 | 250 | 300 | 400 | 500 | 600 | 800 | 1000 | 1200 | 1400 | 1600 | 1800 | 2000 | |

100 | 109 | 133 | 152 | 168 | 183 | 207 | 227 | ||||||||

150 | 133 | 164 | 189 | 210 | 229 | 261 | 287 | 310 | |||||||

200 | 152 | 189 | 219 | 244 | 266 | 305 | 337 | 365 | |||||||

250 | 168 | 210 | 246 | 273 | 299 | 343 | 381 | 414 | 470 | ||||||

300 | 183 | 229 | 266 | 299 | 328 | 378 | 420 | 457 | 520 | 574 | |||||

400 | 207 | 260 | 305 | 343 | 378 | 437 | 488 | 531 | 609 | 674 | 731 | ||||

500 | 227 | 287 | 337 | 381 | 420 | 488 | 547 | 598 | 687 | 762 | 827 | 886 | |||

600 | 310 | 365 | 414 | 457 | 531 | 598 | 656 | 755 | 840 | 914 | 980 | 1041 | |||

800 | 414 | 470 | 520 | 609 | 687 | 755 | 875 | 976 | 1066 | 1146 | 1219 | 1286 | |||

1000 | 517 | 574 | 674 | 762 | 840 | 976 | 1093 | 1196 | 1289 | 1373 | 1451 | 1523 | |||

1200 | 620 | 731 | 827 | 914 | 1066 | 1196 | 1312 | 1416 | 1511 | 1598 | 1680 | ||||

1400 | 781 | 886 | 980 | 1146 | 1289 | 1416 | 1530 | 1635 | 1732 | 1822 | |||||

1600 | 939 | 1041 | 1219 | 1373 | 1511 | 1635 | 1749 | 1854 | 1952 | ||||||

1800 | 1096 | 1286 | 1451 | 1598 | 1732 | 1854 | 1968 | 2073 | |||||||

2000 | 1523 | 1680 | 1822 | 1952 | 2073 | 2186 |

Equivalent diameters of some common **inches** rectangular ducts are shown in the table below:

Circular equivalent diameter (inches) | |||||||
---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|

Length - b - (inches) | Length - a - (inches) | ||||||

4 | 5 | 6 | 8 | 10 | 12 | 16 | |

4 | 4.4 | 4.9 | 5.3 | 6.1 | |||

5 | 4.9 | 5.5 | 6 | 6.9 | 7.6 | ||

6 | 5.3 | 6 | 6.6 | 7.6 | 8.4 | 9.1 | |

8 | 6.1 | 6.9 | 7.6 | 8.6 | 9.8 | 10.7 | 12.2 |

10 | 7.6 | 8.4 | 9.8 | 10.9 | 12 | 13.7 | |

12 | 9.1 | 10.7 | 12 | 13.1 | 15.1 | ||

16 | 12.2 | 13.7 | 15.1 | 17.5 |

### Oval Equivalent Diameter (Ellipse)

The equivalent diameter of a oval duct or tube (ellipse) can be calculated as (Heyt & Diaz)

d_{e}= 1.55 A^{0.625 }/ P^{0.25}(2)

where

A = cross-sectional area oval duct (m^{2}, in^{2})

P = perimeter oval duct (m, inches)

The cross-sectional area of an oval duct can be expressed as

A = π a b / 4

where

a = major dimension of the flat oval duct (m, in)

b = minor dimension of the flat oval duct (m, in)

The perimeter of an oval duct (ellipse) can be approximated to

P ≈ 2 π (1/2 ((a / 2)^{2}+ (b / 2)^{2}))^{1/2}(2b)

### Oblong Ducts

Equivalent diameters of oblong ducts or pipes can be expressed as

d_{e}= 1.55 (π b^{2}/ 4 + a b - b^{2})^{0.625}/(π b + 2 a - 2 b)^{0.25}(3)

### Hydraulic Diameter

**Note!** Equivalent diameter is not the same as hydraulic diameter. The hydraulic diameter express the rate between the area section of the duct or tube, and the wetted perimeter of the duct or tube. Hydraulic diameter is used to determine if the flow is laminar or turbulent and to calculate the pressure loss.

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