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In engineering, the airflow or air flow is a measurement of the amount of air per unit of time that flows through a particular device.[1][2]

The amount of air can be measured by its volume or by its mass. Typically it is measured by volume, but for some applications it is necessary to measure it by mass. Air is a gas, meaning its volume can vary with temperature.


Typical units to express airflow are:[3]

By volume[edit]

By mass[edit]


The instrument that measures airflow is called an airflow meter.


The equipment that regulates the airflow is called a damper. The damper can be used to increase, decrease or completely stop the flow of air. A more complex device that can not only regulate the airflow but also has the ability to create an airflow is an air handler.


Measuring the airflow is necessary in many applications such as ventilation (to determine how much air is being replaced) and engines (to control the Air–fuel ratio).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "OMEGA ENGINEERING - Flow Control". 1984-11-21. Retrieved 2012-04-24. 
  2. ^ Fluid Volumetric Flow Rate - Fluid Flow Hydraulic and Pneumatic, Engineers Edge, retrieved 9 January 2012
  3. ^ "Airflow Unit Conversion". Retrieved 2014-06-10.