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What does it mean a head of mercury?

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This refers to the length of a column of mercury used to measure pressure (or pressure drop).

Pressure drop of a liquid can be expressed as Δp = ρgh where ρ is density, g is gravitational acceleration and h is the height of the column of liquid.  Sometimes, just the value of h is given (though this is a rather dated practice these days) and is referred to as a "head" of pressure.  With mercury, the head is usually given in centimetres or millimetres, but if water is the liquid it was often given in feet.  Thus, for water at least, "heads" were measured in feet!

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Alan  Mar 3, 2015
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This refers to the length of a column of mercury used to measure pressure (or pressure drop).

Pressure drop of a liquid can be expressed as Δp = ρgh where ρ is density, g is gravitational acceleration and h is the height of the column of liquid.  Sometimes, just the value of h is given (though this is a rather dated practice these days) and is referred to as a "head" of pressure.  With mercury, the head is usually given in centimetres or millimetres, but if water is the liquid it was often given in feet.  Thus, for water at least, "heads" were measured in feet!

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Alan  Mar 3, 2015
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I like that Alan,

A head measured in feet.   Gets the imagination going that does. 

Melody  Mar 4, 2015

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