You may have heard of Static Pressure, Dynamic Pressure and Total Pressure. Especially in some industrial process pipe parameters. So what are Static Pressure, Dynamic Pressure and Total Pressure? What is the difference between them? How are they measured? Let’s take a look together.

## Static pressure vs dynamic pressure vs total pressure

According to the knowledge of fluid mechanics. The vertical force acting on the unit area of the fluid is called pressure. When the air flows along the inner wall of the duct, its pressure can be divided into static pressure, dynamic pressure and full pressure. The unit is mmHg or kg/㎡ or Pa, respectively.

### Static pressure (Pi).

What is static pressure?

Static pressure is the pressure generated by the air molecules hitting the duct wall due to irregular movement.
When calculating, the static pressure with absolute vacuum as the calculation zero points are called absolute static pressure.
The static pressure with atmospheric pressure as the zero point is called relative static pressure.
The static pressure of air in air conditioning refers to the relative static pressure.
The static pressure is positive when it is higher than atmospheric pressure, and negative when it is lower than atmospheric pressure.

### Dynamic pressure (Pb).

What is dynamic pressure?

Dynamic pressure refers to the pressure generated by the flow of air, as long as the air flow in the duct has a certain dynamic pressure, and is positive. Dynamic pressure = 0.5 * air density * wind speed 2 .

### Total pressure (Pq).

What is total pressure?

The total pressure is the algebraic sum of the static and dynamic pressures: Pq=Pi+Pb .

The total pressure represents the total energy of 1m3 of gas. If the atmospheric pressure is the starting point of the calculation, it can be positive or negative.

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## The difference between static pressure, dynamic pressure and total pressure

Different nature

1. Total pressure: The pressure measured parallel to the wind flow, directly opposite to the direction of the wind flow.
2. Static pressure: the pressure on the surface of an object at rest or in uniform linear motion.
3. Dynamic pressure: When the object is moving in the fluid, the surface in the direction of the fluid movement. The fluid is completely blocked, where the fluid velocity is 0. Its kinetic energy is transformed into pressure energy, and the pressure increases.

Features are different

1.Total pressure: air conditioning units or fresh air units are often installed at the end of the fan, the fan outlet wind speed is high, high dynamic pressure, static pressure is small. Engineering often installed at the exit of the anechoic static pressure box, reduce the dynamic pressure, increase the static pressure. At the same time, the same flow, muffling effect.

2.Static pressure: with no noise, no vibration, no impact.

3.Dynamic pressure: only the directional flow of air to show dynamic pressure. Dynamic pressure is directional, only the plane perpendicular or oblique to the direction of wind flow pressure. The plane of the vertical flow direction to bear the maximum dynamic pressure, the plane of the parallel flow direction to bear the dynamic pressure is zero. In the same flow section, because the wind speed at each point is not equal, the dynamic pressure varies. Dynamic pressure is not absolute pressure and relative pressure, always greater than zero.

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Different applications

• Total pressure: applied to air conditioning or fan products.
• Static pressure: applied to fluid dynamics.
• Dynamic pressure: applied to mines, aerospace, etc.

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## Dynamic Pressure Calculator

Dynamic pressure is the kinetic energy of a flowing fluid – liquid or gas – per unit volume – and can be expressed as

pd = 1/2 ρ v²

Where:
pd = dynamic pressure (N/m2 (Pa), lbf/ft2 (psf))
ρ = density of fluid (kg/m3, slugs/ft3)
v = velocity (m/s, ft/s)

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## What is a dynamic pressure sensor?

The piezoelectric effect is the main operating principle of dynamic pressure sensors. Dynamic pressure sensors cannot be used for static measurements.

This is because the charge after an external force is only saved when the circuit has an infinite input impedance.

This is not the case in practice, so this determines that dynamic pressure sensors can only measure dynamic stresses.

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## Static pressure sensor and dynamic pressure sensor difference

1. Diaphragm pressure sensor is according to the structure of the sensor, according to the sensing principle diaphragm pressure sensor can be divided into different types such as piezoresistive, strain gauge, inductive, capacitive, piezoelectric, etc.
2. Among the above different principles of pressure sensors, piezoelectric pressure sensors are only suitable for measuring dynamic pressure. Therefore, dynamic calibration is required; other dynamic and static pressures can be measured. The most applications belong to the quasi-static measurement of very low frequency. Therefore, static calibration is the most used form of calibration. When the measured pressure band is wide, all kinds of pressure sensors should do frequency response calibration.

## Applications of dynamic pressure sensors

Dynamic pressure sensors are mainly used in the measurement of acceleration, pressure and force.

Dynamic pressure sensors are also widely used in biomedical measurements. For example, ventricular catheter microphones are made of piezoelectric sensors. Because dynamic pressure measurements are so common. This is why dynamic pressure sensors are so widely used.

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The static pressure sensor is based on atmospheric pressure or absolute vacuum, and compares the difference between the measured pressure and atmospheric pressure or absolute vacuum.

A static pressure sensor can be thought of as a specific form of differential pressure sensor. However, due to the measurement requirements, there will be large differences in the structure of the two.

In ventilation systems, static pressure is the pressure exerted by the air inside a building relative to the outside air pressure when the exhaust fan is turned on. Measuring and maintaining proper negative pressure allows ventilation systems to mix outside and inside air more efficiently.

Dynamic pressure, when an object moves in a fluid, on the surface facing the direction of fluid motion, the fluid is completely blocked. The fluid velocity here is 0. Its kinetic energy is converted into pressure energy. The pressure increases. Its pressure is called total resistance pressure . Abbreviated as total pressure or total pressure, represented by P. The difference between it and the pressure at the undisturbed place (ie static pressure, represented by P static) is called dynamic pressure (represented by P dynamic)

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The duct static pressure sensor is a detection instrument that mainly detects the difference of wind pressure on both sides of the filter. Real-time data monitoring and measurement of gas positive pressure, negative pressure and differential pressure can be realized through the wind pressure sensor. Equipped with a pitot tube pressure device, it can realize the three-in-one detection of wind pressure, wind speed and air volume.

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Diaphragm pressure sensors are based on the structure of the sensor. According to the sensing principle, diaphragm pressure sensors can be divided into different types such as piezoresistive, strain gauge, inductive, capacitive, and piezoelectric.

Among the above-mentioned pressure sensors with different principles, piezoelectric pressure sensors are only suitable for measuring dynamic pressure. Therefore, dynamic calibration is required;

Other dynamic and static pressures can be measured, and the most widely used is the quasi-static measurement with a very low frequency. Therefore, static calibration is the most widely used calibration form. When the measured pressure frequency band is wide, all kinds of pressure sensors should be calibrated for frequency response.

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