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Elevation head is indicated in feet is potential energy. It is the vertical measurement between two points.
Velocity head is the energy required to overcome inertia and bring water up to a certain velocity. V = velocity, g - acceleration due to gravity or 32.2 ft/sec. Velocity head is tpically such a small nmber that it is not factored into most applications.
Pressure head (potential energy) is indicated in PSI. It is created through:
PSI can be converted to an equivalent feet of head
Headloss is the result of friction. The loss is to heat. All energy lost to headloss is energy lost to heat.
For instance, when we say 40 feet of headloss, we are saying that the energy required to overcome the fri tion in this line is the same amount of energy that would be required to lift this water straight in the air 40 feet.