The model is designed primarily to let you know if an air
filter works for your engine or not. For performance applications, you
should shoot for a pressure loss in the 0.5% to 1.0% range at the peak power
rpm. Less is better. It is not intended to yield precise three digit
answers because a precise model would require more input (such as the number
and depth of the pleats, flow bench airflow numbers for the material,
volumetric efficiency curves and horsepower curves for the engine) than the
average owner knows or would be willing to find out. And it really isn't
necessary. When picking an air cleaner, it isn't important to know if the
loss is 2 horsepower or 2.1. You really want to know if it is 2 (OK) or 10
(maybe) or 20 (not OK). The input has been simplified as much as possible to
make the model usable by making a number of simplifying assumptions. The
mathematical basis for the calculation is contained in the The model is for normally aspirated engines. It is not designed for
blowers, turbos or nitrous. This model is for round and oval air cleaners
with perimeter filter elements. It is not designed for filter elements in
the lid. |