Bernoulli's theorem is a method of expressing the law of energy conservation to the flow of fluids.

Daniel Bernoulli, Mathematician (b 1700 – d1782)Bernoulli's principle states that, in the flow of fluid (a liquid or gas), an increase in velocity occurs simultaneously with a decrease in pressure. That statement is a simplification of Bernoulli's equation (below) which plots the situation at any point on a streamline of the fluid flow and applies the law of conservation of energy to flow. Put another way, the total energy of the flow at any point along a horizontal pipe is equal to the sum of the pressure head, the velocity head and the elevation in the absence of friction. This is a principle of considerable importance to those concerned with the flow in sprinkler pipework.

Bernoulli's theorem


z = Potential head or elevation
p = Pressure
v = Velocity
g = Acceleration of gravity
d = Density of fluid
h = Total head

If friction losses are ignored and no energy is added or removed from the pipe, the total head (h), in the above equation, will be constant for any point in the fluid. However, in practice, energy will increase and decrease with pumps and friction loss, which must be included in Bernoulli's equation. All practical formulas for the flow of fluids are derived from Bernoulli's theorem with modifications to account for losses due to friction.


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