# How do I estimate how much air flows through the intake due to engine suction?

I read that the intake mass flow ratio (not sure its translated to correct lingo) can be expressed as:

$C_A = \frac{\textrm{airflow through air intake}}{\textrm{air density } \times \textrm{ speed of free flow }\times \textrm{ intake area}}$

A graph of this could look like:

Now my question is two fold:

1. What is the correct english term for this factor?
2. How do I estimate how much air flows through the intake due to engine suction.
• Maybe the term is more like inflow-number. Don't know. If for example flying at low speed and more air is sucked in that would normally hit the intake if it was only a tube, then the airintake factor is greater than 1. That how I understood it. – Invariant Apr 10 '17 at 2:44