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Peristaltic Pump Tubing Formulations, Flow and Pressure Rates

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Peristaltic Pump Tubing:  Theoretical Flow Rates, Pressure Ratings, Calculations, Formulations, Comparative Descriptions

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Theoretical Flow Rate Calculations

The information below can be used to calculate theoretical flow rate of a pumping system or to determine tubing ID required for a desired flow rate.


 

Theoretical flow rate
in cc's/minute
 =  "V" xtubing length that will be
occluded by pump rollers
 x  number of rollers
on the rotor
 x  rpm's of
the pump
 

 

 

       
Tubing ID (inches) "V" = Volume of Occluded tubing(cc's/inch)  Tubing ID (inches) "V" = Volume of Occluded tubing (cc's/inch)
1/16 0.05  3/8 1.81
1/8 0.20  1/2 3.22
3/16 0.45  3/4 7.24
1/4 0.80  1 12.87
5/16 1.26  2 51.48

 

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Pressure Ratings for Peristaltic Pump Tubings

Tests have shown that as the back pressure experienced by a pumping system approaches the working pressure ratings, tubing life is reduced. Working pressures are calculated at a 1:5 ratio relative to burst pressure.

Inside DiameterOutside DiameterWall ThicknessMaximum Suggested Working Pressure of Pumping System at Room Temperature (73°F)
(inches)(inches)(inches)(psi)(KPa)
1/163/161/1670482
1/81/41/1643296
3/165/161/1631214
1/43/81/1625172
5/167/161/1621145
3/85/81/831214
1/23/81/825172
3/41-1/41/431214
11-3/83/1619131
22-1/21/41496


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Calculation of Working Pressure

This information can be used to calculate the working pressure of a specific tubing. Using the pressure ratings for peristaltic pump tubings chart and the calculation of working pressure chart, multiply the appropriate value shown times (x) the number provided below. For example: 1/16 inch I.D. Tygon® B-44-3 tubing would be 70 psi x 1.43 = 100.10 psi working pressure.

 Tygon® LFLMultiply Value Shown Times (x)1.00
 Tygon® R-3603Multiply Value Shown Times (x)1.00
 Tygon® E-1000Multiply Value Shown Times (x)0.43
 Tygon® F-4040-AMultiply Value Shown Times (x)1.14
 Tygon® 2001Multiply Value Shown Times (x)0.63
 Tygoprene™ XL-60Multiply Value Shown Times (x)0.43
 Fluran® F-5500-AMultiply Value Shown Times (x)0.43
 Norprene® A-60-GMultiply Value Shown Times (x)0.43
 Norprene® A-60-FMultiply Value Shown Times (x)0.43
 Tygon® S-50-HLMultiply Value Shown Times (x)1.29
 PharMed® BPTMultiply Value Shown Times (x)0.43
 Tygon® B-44-3Multiply Value Shown Times (x)1.43
 Versilic® SPX-50Multiply Value Shown Times (x)0.29

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Tubing Formulations for General Markets

The chart below details our most popular peristaltic pump tubing formulations for general market categories.

 Labora-
tory
Pharma-
ceutical/ Cosmetic
Food/
Beverage
MedicalEnviron-
mental
Industrial*Auto-
analyzer
Tygon®
LFL
 aa aa 
Tygon®
R-3603
a   a a
Tygon® 
E-1000
a      
Tygon® 
F4040-A
     aa
Tygon® 
2001
  a aa 
Tygoprene™
XL-60
a a  a 
Fluran® 
F-5500-A
     aa
Norprene® 
A60-G
     a 
Norprene®
A-60-F
  a    
Tygon® 
S-50-HL
aa a   
PharMed® 
BPT
aa    a
Tygon® 
B-44-3
  a  a 
Versilic® 
SPX-50
aaaaaa 
 

*Saint-Gobain Autoanalyzer tubing - Outstanding flow characteristics and dimensional tolerances provide accuracy and reproducibility of delivery rates.  Available in a wide variety of application specific formulations.


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Peristaltic Pump Tubings, Comparative Descriptions

Tygon® 
LFL

Clear and flexible, provides the longest life in peristaltic pumps where other clear, plastic tubings fail. Ideally suited for bulk transfer applications. Low spallation. Meets USP Class VI and FDA criteria.

 

Tygon® 
R-3603

Consistently unaffected by virtually all inorganic chemicals. Tygon® R-3603 provides the laboratory pump user with repeatedly reliable results. Low spallation. Meets FDA criteria.

 

Tygon® 
E-1000

An extremely soft and flexible tubing, Tygon® R-1000 offers long life and minimal resistance to compression in low torque peristaltic pumps. Meets FDA and NSF 51 criteria

 

Tygon® 
F-4040-A

Maintains pumpability and resists cracking when transporting fuels, lubricants and other hydrocarbon based products.

 

Tygon®
2001

Provides low compression set properties of a thermoset rubber in a clear, flexible tubing. Meets FDA criteria.

 

Tygoprene™ XL-60

Designed specifically for use in peristaltic pump applications and provides flexibility and long life. Meets FDA and NSF 51 criteria

 

Fluran® 
F-5500-A

Provides unequalled chemical and temperature resistance to perform in the most severe environments.

 

Norprene®
A-60-G

Exhibits extremely high flexural fatigue characteristics, excellent chemical resistance and an ability to handle a wide temperature range. An all-around top performer for numerous industrial peristaltic pump applications.

 

Norprene®
A-60-F

A long flex life tubing that is unaffected by wide temperature variations; formulated specifically for hot food and beverage processing and dispensing. Meets FDA, NSF 51, and 3-A Sanitary Standards for Plastics Criteria.

 

Tygon®
S-50-HL

Initially developed for open heart surgical procedures, this tubing represents the standard of excellence in critical clinical and biological applications. Crystal clear, non-toxic and non-hemolytic. Low spallation. Meets USP Class VI criteria. Fully tested to ISO 10993 standards.

 

PharMed® 
BPT

Low spallation, low gas permeability and an unequaled flex life will minimize the risk of fluid exposure in sensitive applications.  Biocompatible, non-toxic and non-hemolytic, an excellent choice in pharmaceutical processing, tissue and cell culture applications.  Meets FDA, NSF 51 and USP Class VI criteria. Fully tested to ISO 10993 standards.

 

Tygon S3TM 
B-44-3

The most widely specified tubing for use in the handling of food, beverages and dairy products. Tygon® B-44-3 tubing meets appropriate FDA, NSF 51, and 3-A Sanitary Standards for Plastics Criteria. Low spallation.

 

Versilic®
SPX-50

A peroxide cured silicone that provides long life, strength and durability. Meets FDA, NSF 51, 3-A Sanitary Standards for Plastics and USP Class VI criteria. 

 

 

Note: Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corporation assumes no obligations or liability for any advice furnished by it, or for results obtained with respect to those products. All such advice is given and accepted at the buyer's risk.

 


 

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