Pump Head Pressure Calculator

Pump Head Pressure Calculator

What is Pump Head Pressure?

Pump head pressure is the pressure that a pump must generate in order to move fluids through a system. It is typically expressed in units of pressure, such as pounds per square inch (psi) or meters of head (mH).

There are several factors that can influence pump head pressure, including:

  • The type of pump being used
  • The viscosity and density of the fluid being pumped
  • The temperature of the fluid
  • The friction loss of the piping system
  • The vertical distance (or “head”) that the fluid needs to be pumped

Pump Head Pressure Calculation Formula

To calculate pump head pressure, you can use the following formula:

Pump Head Pressure = (Flow Rate x Total Dynamic Head) / Pump Efficiency


  • Flow rate is the volume of fluid being pumped, typically measured in gallons per minute (gpm) or liters per minute (lpm)
  • Total dynamic head is the total resistance to flow that the pump must overcome, including the vertical distance the fluid needs to be pumped, the friction loss in the piping system, and any other losses due to fittings or valves. It is typically measured in feet (ft) or meters (m)
  • Pump efficiency is the percentage of the input energy that is converted into useful output, expressed as a decimal. For example, if a pump has an efficiency of 70%, its efficiency would be 0.7.

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