TL;DR: Its not the air that's enclosed inside that creates the force, but the lack of air - or more precisely pressure. First of all some nomenclature (this is for the closed type, there is also the open type): When you press a suction cup on a surface what happens is that the air inside it is pushed out. During the compression phase of the cup the air ...


The yellow curve corresponds to a fan that will provide mostly a set pressure differential, say, keeping fumes from escaping a tank through elsewhere than dedicated vents. If there is a circumstance that reduces the pressure differential, it will speed up and increase the flow, to compensate. The blue curve is a fan that doesn't expect any significant ...


When you push that onto a flat surface it pushes most of the air out. The elasticity of the item makes want to flex and come off but the air pressure is pushing it onto the surface.

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