The throat tap nozzle of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers performance test code (ASME PTC) 6 is widely used in engineering fields, and its discharge coefficient is normally estimated by an extrapolation in Reynolds number range higher than the order of 107. The purpose of this paper is to propose a new relation between the discharge coefficient of the throat tap nozzle and Reynolds number by a detailed analysis of the experimental data and the theoretical models, which can be applied to Reynolds numbers up to 1.5 × 107. The discharge coefficients are measured for several tap diameters in Reynolds numbers ranging from 2.4 × 105 to 1.4 × 107 using the high Reynolds number calibration rig of the National Metrology Institute of Japan (NMIJ). Experimental results show that the discharge coefficients depend on the tap diameter and the deviation between the experimental results and the reference curve of PTC 6 is 0.75% at maximum. New equations to estimate the discharge coefficient are developed based on the experimental results and the theoretical equations including the tap effects. The developed equations estimate the discharge coefficient of the present experimental data within 0.21%, and they are expected to estimate more accurately the discharge coefficient of the throat tap nozzle of PTC 6 than the reference curve of PTC 6.

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