Pressure and Pressure Gauges

  • Peter Schreiber
Part of the Anaesthesiology and Resuscitation / Anaesthesiologie und Wiederbelebung / Anaesthésiologie et Réanimation book series (A+I, volume 59)


Pressure may be defined as force acting against a given area. Basically there exist two types of units for measuring pressure. Pressure may be expressed as weight per unit area or as the height of a liquid column. The first alternative clearly adheres to the definition according to which a weight (force) acts against a certain area. In the English system the unit of area is usually the “square inch” with the pound as weight unit (pounds per square inch — psi). In the metric system, the square centimeter is the most common unit of area with the kilogram (kg) as weight unit (kilograms per square centimeter — kg/cm2).


Differential Pressure Liquid Column Pressure Gauge Absolute Pressure Elastic Wall 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Schreiber
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  1. 1.Department of AnesthesiologyUniversity of AlabamaBirminghamUSA

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