Head Loss In Fluids
“How do fluids lose potential due to viscosity?”
Understanding of fluids has led to some of the most important breakthroughs in engineering. However, when analyzing these systems, it is very important to take into consideration that viscous forces will act upon the fluid in transit. So how can we take this into account? Well, what if we were to just take into account all of the losses from both frictional and inertial changes? This is known as the head loss in fluids and is one of the most important foundations of one’s study of fluid mechanics. Head loss can be visualized by the pressure drop in a manometer like the one shown in the picture.