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Experiment 1 CENTRE OF PRESSURE ON A PLANE SURFACE I. OBJECT To determine the position of the centre of pressure on the rectangular face of the torroid. II. APPARATUS Hydrostatic Pressure Apparatus III. ANALYSIS Hydrostatic force acting on the rectangular face: (1) and its center (2) Partial immersion m L a y d b yD y C Water surface

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To determine the position of the centre of pressure on the rectangular face of the torroid.


Hydrostatic Pressure Apparatus


Hydrostatic force acting on the rectangular face: (1)

and its center (2)

Partial immersion

; A = by (3)






yD yC

Water surface

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Hence (4)


Moment M of P about knife-edge axis is given by:


and then (7)

Also M = gmLWhere m = mass added to balance pan

L = distance from knife-edge axis to balance pan suspension rod axisThereby,


Complete immersion

; A = bd (9)

Hence (10)


Moment M of P about knife-edge axis is given by:









Water surface

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and thereby,



(a) Locate the torroid on the dowel pins and fasten to the balance arm by the central screw.(b) Measure the dimensions a, b, and d, and the distance L from the knife – edge axis to the balance pan axis.(c) Position the perspex tank on work surface and locate the balance arm on the knife edges.(d) Attach a length of hose to the drain cock and direct the other end of hose to the sink. Attach a length of hose to tap V3 and place the free end in the triangular aperture on the top of the perspex tank.Level the tank, using the adjustable feet in conjunction with the spirit level.(e) Adjust the counter - balance weigh until the balance arm is horizontal. This is indicated on a gate adjacent to the balance arm.(f)Fill water to the perspex tank until the water is level with the bottom edge of the torroid.(g) Place a mass on the balance pan and fill water to the tank until the balance arm is horizontal. Note the water level on the scale.Fine adjustment of the water level may be achieved by over – filling and slowly draining, using the drain cock.(h) Repeat the procedure under section (g) for different masses : 5 masses for water levels y > d (complete immersion) and 5 masses for y < d (partial immersion) (i) Repeat readings for reducing masses on the balance pan.All record data can be arranged as shown in table 1 and 2

Table 1.

a(cm) b( cm) d(cm) L (cm)

Table. 2

Case m (g) y (cm)

Complete immersion y > d

Patital immersion y < d

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For y< d (partial immersion)

Tabulate and plot against y

From (8)

It is found that the slope of this graph should be

And the intercept should be

Comparision between the experimantal results and theory

For y> d (complete immersion)

Tabulate , and

Plot against

From (13), it is found that the slope of this graph should be bd3/(12L)

And the intercept should be

Comparision between the experimantal results and theory


Give reasons for the discrepancies, if any, between the measured and predicted values of the above expressions for the graph parameters.

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Experiment 2 FLOW OVER A WEIR


To investigate the characteristics of flow over a vee notch and a rectangular notch.

To determine the velocity coefficient and discharge coefficient.


- Hydraulics Bench, Point Gauge, stop watch.- Basic Weir: 1 - Triangular weirs of 900 notch. 2 - Rectangular weirs.


The discharge flowing over the weir can be determined by formula:Triangular weir

Q = C d 5/2 (1)

Rectangular weir

Q = C’d

3/2 (2)Where:

Cd, C’d : discharge coefficient


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Ensure that the hydraulic bench is located on a level floor, as the accuracy of the results will be affected if the bench top is not level. Set up the equipment as shown in the diagram.

Set Vernier Height Gauge to a datum reading, by placing the point on the crest of the weir. Take extreme care not to damage the weir plate with the point gauge.

Position the gauge about half way between the notch plate and stilling baffle. Admit water to channel, adjust flow control valve to obtain heads, H, increasing in step of about 1cm. For each flow rate, stabilize conditions, measure and record H. Take reading of volume and time using the volumetric tank to determine the flow rate.

Regulate the flow rate over the V - notch by adjusting the control valve of pump. For each flow rate, stabilize conditions, measure (Zb) to determine the head above notch bottom (H), and take reading of volume (V) and time (T) to determine the flow rate. In order to increase the degree of accurate of flow rate measurement, it should be taken at least three sets of reading of volume and time. Replace triangular weir by rectangular weir and repeat procedure above for rectangular weir.

All record data can be arranged as shown in Table I.

Table I

Weir typeNo. of


(cm)Z cr

(cm)Volume (V)

(litre)Time (T)


Triangular weir





Table 2

H: Water headTriangular weir

900 H

Rectangular weir

on the weirH

B =101mm

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Weir typeNo. of


(cm)Z cr

(cm)Volume (V)

(litre)Time (T)


Rectangular weir






1. From Table 1, calculate the water head (H) on the weirs and the discharge in each experiment.

2. For the triangular weir:a) Compute and tabulate Q and Q2/5.b) Plot Q2/5 against H.c) Find Cd from the slope of the graph.d) Are Cd, C’

d constant for the condition of the flow?e) What are the advantages and disadvantages of plotting Q2/5 against H instead of Q against H5/2.

3. For the rectangular weir:

a) Compute and tabulate:Q,H3/2, C’

d = ,Q2/3, log Q, log H

b) Plot:- Q 2/3 against log H.- Log Q against log H.- C’

d against H.c) Is C’

d constant for this weir? Can the Q – H relationship be described by an empirical formula Q = KHn, if so, find the values of K and n.

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- To investigate the variation of friction head along a circular pipe with the mean flow velocity in the pipe.- To investigate the friction factor against Reynolds number and roughness.


A pipe of 10.64cm diameter is supplied by water a centrifugal pump. Five test sections with interval of 3 m are connected to a bank of pressurized manometer tubes. Water from the pipe flow into the concrete channel, and at the end of channel a vee-notch, is installed to measure the flow rate in the channel, this flow rate is equal to the flow rate in the pipe. Water level over the vee-notch is measured by a point gauge mounted on a small tank which is opened to the channel.

The flow rate over the vee-notch is calculated by formula as follow:


Where: = 90o

CD = 0.58g = 9.81 m/s2

ho = ZCR – zWhere z is water level, ZCR is the elevation of the crest of Vee-notch, ZCR =

28.335cmThe flow rate over the Vee-notch is regulated by a control valve of pump, and an ampere meter mounted on an electric box will show the current intensity of motor corresponding to the flow rate in the pipe. The difference of pressure

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between the test sections in the pipe are measured by reading the water level in the water level in the tubes of manometer.


Considering flow at two sections i,j in a pipe, Bernouilli’s equation may be written as:


Where: Vi, Vj : velocity at section i, j respectivelyPi, Pj : pressure at section i, j respectivelyZi, Zj : elevation at of water surface section i, jhi,j : friction loss from section i to section j

For this apparatus, Zi = Zj, Vi = Vj, hence


hi,j : the difference of manometer reading at section i and section j. On the other hand, the friction factor can be determined by Darcy’s formula :


Where : f : friction factorL : the distance between section i and jD : diameter of pipeV : velocity of pipe

The friction coefficient depends upon the Reynolds number of flow and upon the ratio e/D, the relative roughness of the pipe.


Where : Re : Reynolds’ numberRe = VD/ ( : viscosity coefficient)e : size of roughness

: relative roughness

For a given pipe, is a constant


1. Open the control valve (1) to discharge water into pumping chamber. When the pumping chamber is full of water, close control valve (1).

2. Open the valve at the end of the pipe (2).3. Turn on power to start pump and use the control valve to regulate the flow

rate in the pipe according to the current intensity shown in ampere meter.4. For 3 large flow rates corresponding to current 20A < I < 22A :

- Closing the valves on the tubes 3,4 of manometer.- Reading the water level in the tubes 1 and 2, and measuring the water

level before the Vee-notch in the channel by point gauge.5. For 5 flow rates corresponding to current I < 20.5A, repeat the same

procedure above.The data table may be arranged as follows :

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Table 1

No I Manometer reading (mm) WaterAmper

e(1) (2) (3) (4) Level (z) (cm)

1 21.52 213 20.5

1 202 19.53 194 18.55 18


For 3 large flow rates

1. Compute the flow rates in the pipe from the measured data in table 1.2. Compute the head loss between section (1) and (2). And then plot the head

loss against flow rates. Conclude the relationship between the head loss and flow rates.

For 5 small flow rates

3. Determine 7 small flow rates by using the measured data in Table 1.4. Compute the head loss between sections 2-1, 3-1 and 4-1. And then plot the

graph of the friction loss against the distances. Give the conclusions about the relationship between the friction loss and the distances.

For 8 flow rates (3 large flow rates and 5 small flow rates)

5. Determine the friction factors f by using the Darcy’s formula. Plot the curve of log (f) against log (Re) and give the conclusion about the regime of the flow in the pipe.

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Comparison of flow measurement devices in a duct: Orifice plat. Venturi nozzle.


The fan inlet is a duct 149 mm diameter (1) provided with pressure tapings whereby the static pressure may be measured simultaneously at each of 4 sections. All four pressure tapings are connected to a bank of pressurised manometer tubes (4). Two flow measurement devices are:

- 65mm orifice plat (2)- 65mm – 149mm diameter ventury nozzle (3).

III. SUMMARY OF THEORYThe volume flow rate at the orifice plat and venturi nozzle in the pipe is

determined by formula as follows (1)Where:Q: volumetric flow rate.C: discharge coefficient.p: pressure difference from inlet to throat. The manometer containing

liquid of density 1 is used to indicate p, the pressure difference may be expressed in terms of the manometric head differential h by:

p = (1 –)gh (2): flow density. = 1.226 kg/m+3

1: water density 1 = 1000kg/m+3

: diameter ratio = d/D.: expandability factor. The expandability factory is also detailed in the

code and allows for the effects of density change in gas flows where a high pressure reduction occurs. For liquid flows and gas flows with moderate variation in pressure at the meter, 1.00.

The discharge coefficients of the orifice plat and the venturi nozzle can be determined by empirical formula

For the orifice plate.

Where:Re: Reynolds number

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U: upstream pipe velocity.Q: discharge in pipeD: diameter of pipe: dynamic viscosity

When determining Q from p, it is necessary to estimate a value C initially as Re cannot be calculated until Q is known. From an initial estimate of C (example C = 1), Q can be calculated and thus Re found. The value of C can then be corrected and new values of Q and Re cure calculated.

For the venturi nozzle. (5)


Check water level in the tank, it should be at the level of half of tank. Open the valve at the outlet of fan and turn on the motor.

Take the readings of 4 manometer level. In order to decrease or increase the volume flow rate, the valve is closed or opened partly.

Repeat for three valve settings and write the readings of manometer level into the Table 1

Table 1



Manometer Levels (mm)

Exp.1 Exp.2 Exp.31234


1. Derive the formula(1) in case of C = 1.2. Derive the formula(2)3. Determine the volumetric flow rater in three experiments by using

orifice flat.4. Determine the volumetric flow rater in three experiments by using

venturi nozzle.5. Compare the computed results between the using of orifice plat and

venturi nozzle, give the conclusions.

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To determine densities and specific gravities.


Universal Hydrometer4 off Hydrometer Jars


The specific gravity is read directly from scale. See figure 2 for the principle on which the instrument works.


(a) Fill one hydrometer jar with sufficient water to float the hydrometer and check that the scale marking corresponding to depth of immersion reads 1.00.

(b) Fill three hydrometer jars with the liquids to be tested with sufficient of the liquids to float the hydrometer and note for each liquid the scale reading.

NOTE: It is suggested that the liquids should be those to be used in Experiment 5 for determining the viscosity of liquids: an engine oil, glycerol and castor oil.


Barometric pressure..............................................mm of Hg,


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The weight of hydrometer : ............................................. gf

LiquidScale Reading =

Specific Gravity, sWater Engine OilGlycerol

since (Eqn. 1.2)



Density Liquid g/ml kg/m3

WaterEngine OilGlycerol


1. Determine density and specific gravity of fluids.2. Depend upon Archimedes’ principle, explain why we can read the

specific gravity directly from scale of the hydrometer?3. For each case, determine the volume of the hydrometer which immersed

in liquids.

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To determine the viscosity of various liquids at atmosphere pressure and temperature.


The Falling Sphere (Ball) ViscometerThe stop clockHydrometer


From Fig. 4 when the ball is moving with a uniform velocity u, then forces acting on the sphere are:

(a) the gravitational force on the ball mg.(b) the buoyant force or upthrust FB

(c) the viscous force resiting motion FV

Since the velocity of fall is uniform, then algebraic sum of these forces must be zero.

mg – FB – FV = 0

The gravitational force on the ball

where S = density of ballr = radius of sphere

The buoyant force

where 1 = density of liquid

The viscous force FV = 6ru from Stokes Law

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where = coefficient of viscosity and u = mean velocity of ball


(a) Fill the three tubes with the liquids under test to a level of just below the exit from the capillary tube as shown in Fig. 4.

The liquids under test being:

(i) An Engine Oil (e.g. Castrol XXL)(ii) Glycerol(iii) Castor Oil

NOTE: Since glycerol absorbs moisture easily from the atmosphere, a small amount of cotton wool should be placed in the top of the capillary tube if the tube is left full for any length of time.

(b) Use two balls of different diameters with each liquid; measure diameters of the balls. Suggested nominal size of balls: 1/16 inch, 3/32 inch.

(c) Using the universal hydrometer, obtain the specific gravity of each liquid.


Barometric pressure……………………………………………………….mmHg,


Measured diameter of balls 1/16 inch = …..………………,

3/32 inch = ……………………,

Specific gravity of steel: 7.8

Specific gravity of liquid:

Engine oil 0.89 (figure quoted for Castrol XXL)

Glycerol 1.25

Castor Oil 0.95

Mean velocity of ball

cm/s where t = average time

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Note r in metres, g in m/s2

in kg/m3, u in m/s


Glycerol Time (s) u (m/s) Average u (m/s)

1/16 in

3/32 in


Coefficient ofViscosity Average


Engine OilGlycerolCastor Oil

Check from standard tables the accuracy of the results obtained for Glycerol and Castor Oil.

Note that with the Engine Oil, since it is considerably less viscous than either Castor Oil or Glycerol only, the 1.5mm ball can be used. With a larger size ball the time to fall 75mm is too short and with a smaller size ball it cannot be seen falling through the oil. Further, because the time is so short, the accuracy must be suspect.


1. Determine the viscosity of liquids.2. In the same temperature, compare the viscosity of liquids with the viscosity of water.

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Hydraulic bench is a system providing the source of water to the experiments. The function of hydraulic bench include:

To supply the source of water with various discharges To determine the discharges supplied.


A self – priming centrifugal pump (9), draws water from sump tank (6), and delivers the water into a vertical transparent pipe (8). A panel mounted control valve(2), is used to regulate the flow in the pipe which terminate in a quick release pipe connector (11), situated in the bed of channel (13). The male connector(11) allows for rapid substitution of accessories, which are supplied with a flexible supply tube terminating in a mating connector. Special purpose termination may be connected to the pump supply by unscrewing connector (11). No hand tools are required for either of these operations.A drain valve (5) is incorporated in the wall of the sump to facilitate emptying.

The mounded bench top incorporates an open channel, (13) with side channels (10), to support the accessory on test. In addition to the inlet connector (11), the channel incorporates a pair of wall slots (12) and a weir carrier (14), for use with accessory F1-13. Water discharging from the accessory on test is collected in a volumetric measuring tank (16). This tank is stepped to accommodate low or high flow rates and incorporates a stilling baffle (15), to reduce turbulence. A remote sight tube and scale (1) is connected to a tapping (17), in the base of the volumetric tank and gives an instantaneous indication of water level.

A dump valve, (18) in the base of the volumetric tank is operated by a remote actuator (4) lifting the actuator opens the dump valve allowing the entrained water to return to the sump (6), for recycling. When lifted, a twist of 900 at the actuator will retain the dump valve in the open position. An overflow, (19) adjacent to the sump (6) returns water to the sump in the event of incorrect use.

A measuring cylinder (7) is provided for measurement of very small flow rates. The cylinder is stored in the compartment housing the pump.

Electrical supply to the pump motor(9) is via a starter (3).

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