MIDTERM EXAMINATION
MEM 220: BASIC FLUID MECHANICS February 1, 2007
NAME
Multiple Choice: 
points of 
10 
Solve: 

Problem 1 
points of 
30 
Problem 2 
points of 
30 
Problem 3 
points of 
30 
TOTAL 
points of 
100 
Please remember to:
1. Be careful with your units
2. Show all work and explain steps you take
3. List all assumptions
4. Write neatly
5. Only exams in nonerasable ink will be eligible for regrade
Multiple Choice: select all that apply
1. What is a fluid?
A. Liquid or gas
B. Substance that deforms under any shearing stress
C. Substance that cannot be compressed
D. Substance with large cohesive forces
2. Fluids for which the shear stress is linearly related to the rate of shear strain are called:
A. viscous fluids
B. Newtonian fluids
C. nonNewtonian fluids
D. Bingham plastics
3. What two types of forces act on a fluid element?
A. Gravitational and body forces
B. Shearing and surface forces
C. Body and surface forces
D. Pressure and surface forces
4. When a surface is submerged in a fluid, the resultant pressure force on the body acts in which
direction? 

A. 
In the same direction as gravity. 
B. 
Perpendicular to the surface of the body. 
C. 
Tangent to the surface of the body. 
D. 
Normal to the free surface of the fluid. 
5. The pressure in a fluid
A. Rises with depth
B. Decreases with depth
C. Changes laterally
D. Is constant laterally
6. Write an expression or definition for:
A. Static pressure:
B. Dynamic pressure:
C. Stagnation pressure:
D. Total pressure:
7. What is the pressure at a center of a tornado if the pressure outside the tornado is atmospheric?
A. P(center) is greater than P(outside)
B. P(center) is less than P(outside)
C. P(center) is equal to P(outside)
D.
P(center) is a negative gage pressure
8.
The form of the Bernoulli equation (P + ½ rhoV2 + rhogz) applies for:
A. Inviscid flow
B. Viscous flow
C. Incompressible flow
D. Compressible flow
E. Steady flow
9. For cavitation to occur:
A. The fluid temperature must be increased
B. The fluid pressure must fall below the vapor pressure
C. The fluid pressure must rise above the vapor pressure
D. The fluid must be taken to a higher altitude.
10. For a body partially submerged in a fluid and at equilibrium, which of the following is a true statement?
A. The weight of the body is equal to the weight of the volume of fluid displaced
B. The weight of the body is less than the weight of the volume of fluid displaced
C. The weight of the body is greater than the weight of the volume of fluid displaced
D. The specific gravity of the body is greater than the specific gravity of the fluid
Solve.
1. Your garden hose is too short to reach the garden. For D _{H} = 0.625 inches and D _{N} = 0.375 inches,
A. What is the nozzle exit velocity, in terms of the gage pressure inside the hose?
B. What is the velocity inside the hose, in terms of the gage pressure inside the hose?
C. What is the minimum gage pressure required inside the hose for the water to reach the garden which is 125 ft away?
D. Your hose can’t generate enough pressure to reach the garden. You rig a rope system to slide a water bucket to the garden. How fast can you accelerate a 1 ft diameter bucket without spilling any water, if the water level is 1 inch below the top of the bucket?
2. Global Warming. You are a marine biologist, concerned about how global warming may
affect delicate creatures at the bottom of the ocean. You create a large test tank and use a Utube manometer to measure pressure differences in the bottom of the tank.
A. Given h _{1} =50 cm, h _{2} =250 cm, and h _{3} =75 cm what is the height of the seawater in the
tank?
B. You add 960 m ^{3} of seawater to the tank, which has a diameter of 3.5 m. How much
would the height of the mercury in the manometer change?
C. If you added tap water instead of seawater, would the change in mercury height be
more or less? Explain.
D. If global warming heats up the atmosphere by 10 °C, how would the pressure at sea
level change? Assume the atmosphere is an ideal gas up to 10 km, and the pressure at 10 km is 26,500 Pa.
h h
2 2
3. You have the submerged gate shown in the diagram, which is marked with 2 buoys so that passing ships will not hit the gate. The top buoy is only halfway submerged. The diameter of
each buoy is 100 cm, and they are made of a material of density ρ _{b} =100 kg/m ^{3} . The height of the seawater is 10 m, the radius of the gate is 1 m, and the width of the gate is 5 m.
A. What is the tension in the buoy rope?
B. What are the horizontal and vertical forces on the curved section of the gate?
1.
2.
3.
Equation Sheet for Midterm 1
ˆ
−∇ −ρ =ρ aˆ
P
g k
P
∇ =
∂
p
i ˆ +
∂
x
∂ p
∂ p
ˆ j +
∂ y
∂ z
−
∂
^{p} =ρ g
∂
z
k ˆ
15.
16.
∂
p
V
ρ
2
−
∂
n
ℜ
=
du
dy
τ=μ
17. g = 9.81 m/s ^{2} = 32.2 ft/s ^{2}
_{4}_{.}
p − p = ρgh
2
1
5. p = ρRT
18. P _{a}_{t}_{m} = 14.7 psi = 101300 Pa
6. F
R
=ρ
gh A
c
7.
_{8}_{.}
y
R
=
I
xc
y A
c
F = g∀
B
ρ
+ y
c
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
∂ z
a
y
=−
∂
y
g
+
a
z
∂
z
r
ω
2
=
∂
r
g
_{∫}
_{∫}
dp
1
+ V
2
ρ
2
dp
+
_{∫}
V ^{2}
ρ
ℜ
+
gz
=
dn gz
+
C
o
=
1
P + ρV + ρgz = C
2
2
o
14. P +
ρ
∫
V
2
ℜ
dn
+
ρ
gz
=
C
o
C
o
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