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# Fluid Mechanics — Homework 1

Concept question
The laminar velocity profile for a Newtonian fluid is shown below.

ENGN 81, Fall 2012
Which figure best describe the variation of shear stress with distance from the plate?
Homework 1: due Monday 9/17 by 5pm in box on B&H 4th floor North
Matlab/Mathematica or other computer programs may be used to solve tough integrals/equations.

Problem 1 (1.13 in text) The volume flow rate of flow, Q, through a pipe containing a slowly moving fluid is given by the
equation
Q=

πR4 ∆p
8µl

(1)

where R is the pipe radius, ∆p is the pressure drop along the pipe, µ is dynamic viscosity, and l is the length of the pipe.
What are the dimensions of the constant π/8? Would you classify the equation as a general homogeneous equation? Explain.

Problem 2 (1.16 in text) Assume that the speed of sound, c, in a fluid depends on an Elastic modulus, Ev , with dimensions
F L− 2, and the fluid density ρ in the form c = (Ev )a (ρ)b . If this is to be a dimensionally homogenous equation, what are the
values for a and b? Is your result consistent with the standard formula for speed of sound?

Problem 3 (1.36 in text) An open, rigid-walled, cylindrical tank contains 4 f t3 of water a 40◦ F . Over a 24-hour period
of time the water temperature varies from 40 to 90◦ F . Make use of the data in Appendix B to determine how much the
volume of water will change. For a tank diameter of 2 ft, would the corresponding change in water depth be very noticeable?
Explain.

Problem 4 (1.42 in text) A liquid when poured into a graduated cylinder is found to weigh 8 N when occupying a volume
of 500 ml. Determine its specific weight, density, and specific gravity.

Problem 5 (1.52 in text) Determine the number of pounds of helium within the volume of a helium-filled blimp used at
sporting events. Its volume is 68,000 f t3 and the temperature and pressure are 80◦ F and 14.2 psia, respectively.

Problem 6 (1.78 in text) A 25-mm-diameter shaft is pulled through a cylindrical bearing as shown in the figure below. A
lubricant that fills the 0.3-mm gap between the shaft and the bearing is n oil having a kinematic viscosity of 8.0 × 10−4 m2 /s
and a specific gravity of 0.91. Determine the force P required to pull the shaft at a velocity of 3 m/s. Assume the velocity
distribution in the gap is linear.

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