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Bernoulli's Equation

  1. Feb 10, 2009 #1

    Hopefully a very simple question for someone that knows; We know from Bernoulli's principle that an area of high velocity creates an area of low pressure and vice versa. My question is how is this created?

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  3. Feb 10, 2009 #2


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    It is a manifestation of conservation of energy. And to be more accurate and descriptive, Bernoulli's principle states that the total pressure (ie, the energy) is constant along a streamline. So when you have an area of higher velocity, you get a higher velocity pressure - and by conservation of energy, the static pressure must be lower.
  4. Feb 10, 2009 #3


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    Just to enlarge on that:

    pressure = force/area,

    so pressure/density = force times distance/mass = work done/mass = energy gained/mass :wink:
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