The **orifice equation** describes the rate of flow of liquid through an orifice.

The equation can be represented as:

where Q = flow (cubic metres per second)

= coefficient of discharge

A = area of orifice (square metres)

g = acceleration from gravity (9.81 m/s^2)

h = head acting on the centreline (m)?

For a circular orifice, the equation becomes:

Typical values for the coefficient of discharge are:

Sharp orifice: 0.62

Tube: 0.80