This paper describes the tests and studies performed to better understand the geometric factors affecting pressure loss in a perforated plate. In this study, the impact of a specific perforated plate flow hole geometry on pressure drop was investigated. The methodology established in this paper to investigate this hole geometry can be extended to other components with orifice type perforated plates. To reduce the pressure drop of the perforated plate, various fundamental hole geometries, including edge chamfers and edge radii, were considered. Results from various edge treatments are provided in this study, including separate effects for inlet and outlet hole geometries. Specific trends, such as the effect of increasing edge geometries on the hydraulic losses, are presented. Additionally, a correlation between small-scale and full-scale pressure loss coefficients was found and is defined.

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