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Reverse pitot

  1. May 7, 2007 #1
    "reverse pitot"

    if one reverses the direction of flow in a pitot measuring system (i.e the pitot tube doesn't face the flow), will there still be a difference in pressure between the pitot and static tube ?
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  3. May 7, 2007 #2
    I think yes.
    You could try, if you have a pitot tube.
    (I remember having calibrated one by running my car)
  4. May 7, 2007 #3


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    Chances are yes. I would imagine you would get a small area of low pressure behind the tip of the pitot. Of course, I would also expect that your static pressure would be all over the place since you have a disturbance directly upstream of it.
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