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# Atmospheric Pressure And Gauge Pressure Pdf

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## Different Types of Pressure in Fluids [PDF]

If you limp into a gas station with a nearly flat tire, you will notice the tire gauge on the airline reads nearly zero when you begin to fill it.

In fact, if there were a gaping hole in your tire, the gauge would read zero, even though atmospheric pressure exists in the tire. Why does the gauge read zero?

There is no mystery here. Tire gauges are simply designed to read zero at atmospheric pressure and positive when pressure is greater than atmospheric. Similarly, atmospheric pressure adds to blood pressure in every part of the circulatory system.

But atmospheric pressure has no net effect on blood flow since it adds to the pressure coming out of the heart and going back into it, too. What is important is how much greater blood pressure is than atmospheric pressure. Blood pressure measurements, like tire pressures, are thus made relative to atmospheric pressure.

In brief, it is very common for pressure gauges to ignore atmospheric pressure—that is, to read zero at atmospheric pressure. We therefore define gauge pressure to be the pressure relative to atmospheric pressure. Gauge pressure is positive for pressures above atmospheric pressure, and negative for pressures below it. Gauge pressure is the pressure relative to atmospheric pressure. In fact, atmospheric pressure does add to the pressure in any fluid not enclosed in a rigid container. The total pressure, or absolute pressure , is thus the sum of gauge pressure and atmospheric pressure:.

For example, if your tire gauge reads 34 psi pounds per square inch , then the absolute pressure is 34 psi plus For reasons we will explore later, in most cases the absolute pressure in fluids cannot be negative.

Fluids push rather than pull, so the smallest absolute pressure is zero. A negative absolute pressure is a pull. There are a host of devices for measuring pressure, ranging from tire gauges to blood pressure cuffs. The undiminished transmission of pressure through a fluid allows precise remote sensing of pressures.

Figure shows one of the many types of mechanical pressure gauges in use today. In all mechanical pressure gauges, pressure results in a force that is converted or transduced into some type of readout.

Consider the U-shaped tube shown in Figure , for example. This simple tube is called a manometer. In Figure a , both sides of the tube are open to the atmosphere. Atmospheric pressure therefore pushes down on each side equally so its effect cancels. If the fluid is deeper on one side, there is a greater pressure on the deeper side, and the fluid flows away from that side until the depths are equal.

Let us examine how a manometer is used to measure pressure. Pressure is transmitted undiminished to the manometer, and the fluid levels are no longer equal. A manometer with one side open to the atmosphere is an ideal device for measuring gauge pressures.

Mercury manometers are often used to measure arterial blood pressure. An inflatable cuff is placed on the upper arm as shown in Figure. By squeezing the bulb, the person making the measurement exerts pressure, which is transmitted undiminished to both the main artery in the arm and the manometer. When this applied pressure exceeds blood pressure, blood flow below the cuff is cut off. The person making the measurement then slowly lowers the applied pressure and listens for blood flow to resume.

Blood pressure pulsates because of the pumping action of the heart, reaching a maximum, called systolic pressure , and a minimum, called diastolic pressure , with each heartbeat. Diastolic pressure is measured by noting h when blood flows without interruption.

The typical blood pressure of a young adult raises the mercury to a height of mm at systolic and 80 mm at diastolic. The first pressure is representative of the maximum output of the heart; the second is due to the elasticity of the arteries in maintaining the pressure between beats.

The density of the mercury fluid in the manometer is This reduced height can make measurements difficult, so mercury manometers are used to measure larger pressures, such as blood pressure.

Intravenous infusions are usually made with the help of the gravitational force. Assuming that the density of the fluid being administered is 1. Assume that the IV bag is collapsible.

For the fluid to just enter the vein, its pressure at entry must exceed the blood pressure in the vein 18 mm Hg above atmospheric pressure. We therefore need to find the height of fluid that corresponds to this gauge pressure. The IV bag must be placed at 0. Generally, IV bags are placed higher than this. You may have noticed that the bags used for blood collection are placed below the donor to allow blood to flow easily from the arm to the bag, which is the opposite direction of flow than required in the example presented here.

A barometer is a device that measures atmospheric pressure. A mercury barometer is shown in Figure. This device measures atmospheric pressure, rather than gauge pressure, because there is a nearly pure vacuum above the mercury in the tube. When atmospheric pressure varies, the mercury rises or falls, giving important clues to weather forecasters. The barometer can also be used as an altimeter, since average atmospheric pressure varies with altitude.

Mercury barometers and manometers are so common that units of mm Hg are often quoted for atmospheric pressure and blood pressures. Table gives conversion factors for some of the more commonly used units of pressure.

Definition: Gauge Pressure Gauge pressure is the pressure relative to atmospheric pressure. Definition: Absolute Pressure Absolute pressure is the sum of gauge pressure and atmospheric pressure. Definition: Systolic Pressure Systolic Pressure is the maximum blood pressure. Definition: Diastolic Pressure Diastolic pressure is the minimum blood pressure. Strategy for a For the fluid to just enter the vein, its pressure at entry must exceed the blood pressure in the vein 18 mm Hg above atmospheric pressure.

Solution We first need to convert the pressure into SI units. Summary Gauge pressure is the pressure relative to atmospheric pressure. Absolute pressure is the sum of gauge pressure and atmospheric pressure. Aneroid gauge measures pressure using a bellows-and-spring arrangement connected to the pointer of a calibrated scale. Open-tube manometers have U-shaped tubes and one end is always open.

It is used to measure pressure. A mercury barometer is a device that measures atmospheric pressure. Glossary absolute pressure the sum of gauge pressure and atmospheric pressure diastolic pressure the minimum blood pressure in the artery gauge pressure the pressure relative to atmospheric pressure systolic pressure the maximum blood pressure in the artery.

## 11.6: Gauge Pressure, Absolute Pressure, and Pressure Measurement

A pressure sensor is a device for pressure measurement of gases or liquids. Pressure is an expression of the force required to stop a fluid from expanding, and is usually stated in terms of force per unit area. A pressure sensor usually acts as a transducer ; it generates a signal as a function of the pressure imposed. For the purposes of this article, such a signal is electrical. Pressure sensors are used for control and monitoring in thousands of everyday applications. Pressure sensors can alternatively be called pressure transducers , pressure transmitters , pressure senders , pressure indicators , piezometers and manometers , among other names.

If you limp into a gas station with a nearly flat tire, you will notice the tire gauge on the airline reads nearly zero when you begin to fill it. In fact, if there were a gaping hole in your tire, the gauge would read zero, even though atmospheric pressure exists in the tire. Why does the gauge read zero? There is no mystery here. Tire gauges are simply designed to read zero at atmospheric pressure and positive when pressure is greater than atmospheric.

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The absolute pressure at sea level, when not affected by changing barometric conditions caused by storm activity, is PSIA (or one atmosphere). Absolute.

## 11.6: Gauge Pressure, Absolute Pressure, and Pressure Measurement

The devices that are used for measuring pressure are called pressure gauges. Simply put, pressure is the amount of perpendicular force applied to per unit area of a surface. Researchers have developed many techniques for measuring pressure. To measure pressure correctly, it is critical to consider what reference point is being used to measure it against. A pressure gauge may be a hydrostatic one or a mechanical one.

Solutions for pressure, temperature, force and level measurement, flow measurement, calibration and SF 6 gas solutions from WIKA are an integral component of our customers' business processes. This is why we consider ourselves to be not just suppliers of measurement components but rather more a competent partner that offers comprehensive solutions in close co-operation with our customers — customised and precisely designed products for the exact requirement. Next to temperature, pressure is one of the most important physical state variables. The pressure is defined as a force F N which acts uniformly over a defined area A.

Again and again, we are asked the question about the difference between an absolute pressure measurement and a gauge pressure measurement. To answer this question it helps to look at the definition of gauge pressure and absolute pressure. The difference between the two measurements is then explained relatively simply and thus also the choice of the appropriate measurement. Absolute pressure is a pressure that is relative to the zero pressure in the empty, air-free space of the universe.

Next to temperature, pressure is one of the most important physical state variables. The pressure is defined as a force F N which acts uniformly over a defined area A.

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