How to minimize pressure drops and loss in compressed air pipes

Did you know that a pressure drop of 1 bar results in a 7% increase of your energy consumption?

You cannot avoid pressure loss, so minimize it

First of all: there will always be some amount of pressure drops because of friction in your pipes. Moreover, throttling effects and changes in the direction of your flow may happen in valves and pipe bends. Converted to heat, these losses result in pressure drops.

This, of course, varies with the size and lay-out of your piping system, your particular compressed air consumers and your compressor size.  There is a huge difference, however, between an inadequate compressed air distribution system with poor performance and an efficient one that knows how to tackle loss. 

The goal of your piping system should be to

  • Minimize those pressure losses and drops
  • Avoid leakages
  • Guarantee efficient condensate separation
  • Generate the best possible flow for your applications

How to minimize pressure drops:

1. Calculate your pressure loss

Any decision to modify your system should be based on data. Use a simple web-based tool to calculate pressure drop across all sections of your network. 

2. Check your piping material

Whether aluminium or stainless steel, today’s material is corrosion-free and leak-proof, right from the pipes to the matching fittings that ensure a smooth and sustainable flow.

That is why our pressure drop calculator also estimates how much you could save by replacing conventional galvanized or mild steel pipe systems by AIRnet

3. (Re)evaluate your system lay-out

Make a diagram or a sketch of your system: your compressors locations, where your air consumers are. Could you adapt your lay-out for a better, more efficient system with less bends or splits? 

Learn more about how to design and plan your pipe system.

4. (Re)evaluate your compressor size

What is the cost of the energy needed to generate your flow? There are several ways to make your system more energy-efficient, but optimizing your compressed air pipe system can also involve checking your compressor size: are you sure you are working with the optimal set-up?

The cost of pressure loss: looked at your electricity bill recently?

Most of the time, electrical energy drives industrial compressed air production. A poorly performing compressed air network will result in high energy bills.

So have you thought of these extra energy-saving possibilities?

  • Energy recovery system
  • Pressure reduction
  • Leakage reduction
  • Compressor size (re)evaluation
  • Control and regulation system optimization