Enter the distance and speed of the signal into the calculator to determine the delay time. This calculator can also evaluate any of the variables given the others are known.

Delay Time Formula

The following formula is used to calculate the delay time.

DT = D / S


  • DT is the delay time (seconds)
  • D is the distance the signal has to travel (meters)
  • S is the speed of the signal (meters/second)

To calculate the delay time, divide the distance the signal has to travel by the speed of the signal. This will give you the time it takes for the signal to travel from the point of initiation to the point of effect.

What is Delay Time?

Delay time refers to the period between when an action is initiated and when it takes effect. It is commonly used in various fields such as audio engineering, physics, and computer science. In audio engineering, for example, delay time is the period between when a sound is produced and when it is heard. This concept is often used in creating echo effects. In computer science, it could refer to the time it takes for data to travel from one point to another in a network.

How to Calculate Delay Time?

The following steps outline how to calculate the Delay Time.

  1. First, determine the distance the signal has to travel (D) in meters.
  2. Next, determine the speed of the signal (S) in meters/second.
  3. Next, gather the formula from above = DT = D / S.
  4. Finally, calculate the Delay Time.
  5. After inserting the variables and calculating the result, check your answer with the calculator above.

Example Problem : 

Use the following variables as an example problem to test your knowledge.

distance the signal has to travel (D) = 500 meters

speed of the signal (S) = 50 meters/second