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THZebra

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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 3:35:36 PM

You’re standing at the pump, watching the gallons and dollars tick higher and higher. Then, click, the pump stops. You’re done.

But have you ever wondered how the nozzle knows your tank is full?

The YouTube channel BrainStuff tackled this question.

“It’s actually surprisingly complicated,” host Josh Clark said.

Picture a tube with a substance — gas or liquid — flowing through it. The center of the tube is pinched, causing the fluid coming out on the other side of the pinch to be compressed and changing pressure. On a gas nozzle, a hole at the end allows air to flow up a tube into an air sack in the handle. But when the tank becomes full and liquid covers the hole, sucking up denser gas into the tube instead of air, a change in in pressure occurs. This collapses the air-filled
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oldmack
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Message Posted: Oct 14, 2013 3:14:47 AM

ok
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blupupher
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 10:39:57 PM

never really thought about it, but makes sense.
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PDQBlues
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 9:03:47 PM


Cool technology. Humans can get very creative when they us science rather than denying it.
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molebaby96
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 10:28:24 AM

Clicks off to soon for me.
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wamster
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 10:25:12 AM

I somewhat knew this. I remember venturi meters from a water district.
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MadFueler
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 8:51:12 AM

I knew it had something to do with pressure and that little tube in the nozzle, ut always knew there had to be more to it than that.
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SUNOIL
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 8:39:26 AM

And now you know the rest of the story
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mdr46
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 8:17:08 AM

Interesting read.
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 7:39:01 AM

And sometimes they don't work as you watch a puddle form at your feet.
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boileauj
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 4:16:53 AM

Great piece of tech to know about. Not surprising how they can easily malfunction.
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eyegotgas2
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 3:25:50 AM

Really doesn't matter to me as long as it works. I have noticed some pumps are faster than others which could trigger a shut off faster than a slow filling gas pump.

Still not sure on that one.
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MichaelJFS
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 2:39:54 AM

You learn something new every day,,, if you're not careful.

:o)
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cnygas
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 1:53:24 AM

Most stations around here have that latched removed, you can hold down the pump but you can't latch it. It still shuts off but you can't walk away.
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 1:51:55 AM

Different then I thought
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silverfoxv65
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 1:17:16 AM

Kinda sounds like a democratic GOV.
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silverfoxv65
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 1:16:05 AM

I am with you mpg611, just learned something new.

[Edited by: silverfoxv65 at 10/13/2013 1:16:23 AM EST]
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LostInNY
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 1:07:39 AM

Of course there's probably a better, smarter way to prevent spills from happeing.
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 12:30:14 AM

Learn something new everyday.
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 12:28:22 AM

Very interesting.
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 12:23:31 AM

COOL
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 12:20:03 AM

Very interesting.
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 12:16:33 AM

I've heard this explanation before but the refresher is good.
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 12:04:30 AM

Complex to the vacuum and air filled minds.
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 11:00:15 PM

well, I know something is going on in there.
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 10:48:50 PM

I learned about this on another website.
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 10:46:35 PM

I had never given it a thought, but now I know!
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 10:44:24 PM

Very interesting.
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 10:17:00 PM

very interesting to know how most things work.
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 10:09:58 PM

Interesting
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 9:58:42 PM

interesting how people come up with these inventions
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 9:56:03 PM

And now back to reality, when will the pump prices stabilize now that the U.S. is a major player in the Export business?
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 9:52:12 PM

Interesting.
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 8:59:57 PM

Good to know
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 8:36:32 PM

I wont lose any sleep tonight now that I know this. None the less thanks.
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 7:04:41 PM

Surprisingly simple actually.
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 7:01:10 PM

WOW
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 6:53:59 PM

STOP BEING DUMB..../.......
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 6:37:36 PM

nope, i couldnt care less
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 6:25:44 PM

All I know is I can put in another 5 gallons in my motor home after the first click. I know, I know, I'm a bad person and I'm going to heck. Or so I'm forced to say on this board.

You know the definition of "heck", right? It's the place where people are darned to go if they don't believe in gosh or trust in geez.

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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 6:16:54 PM

Interesting.
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 6:06:38 PM

Seems simple to me.

Thanks for the information.
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 5:54:35 PM

Interesting posting.
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 5:40:56 PM

Fascinating.

Complicated it maybe, but simple to operate.

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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 5:24:09 PM

Ok, thanks for the info.
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 5:17:39 PM

good to know, I will look for the hole next time.
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 5:08:21 PM

thanks
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 4:53:36 PM

It takes way too long to shut off on my truck.
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 4:40:16 PM

i'm just glad it shuts off
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 4:07:37 PM

Thanks for this article.
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 3:59:49 PM

Good Article.
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