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## ME 363 - Fluid Mechanics

Spring Semester 2008

## The viscosity of a fluid is to be measured by a viscometer constructed of two 75-mm-long

concentric cylinders. The outer diameter of the inner cylinder is 15 cm, and the gap between
the two cylinders is 0.12 cm. The inner cylinder is rotated at 200 rpm, and the torque is
measured to be 0.8 N-m. Determine the viscosity of the fluid. What kind of fluid might have
this viscosity?
When measuring small pressure differences with a manometer, one arm of the manometer
may be inclined to improve the accuracy of the reading. (The pressure difference is still
proportional to the vertical distance and not the actual length of the fluid along the tube.) The
air pressure in a circular duct is to be measured using a manometer whose open arm is
inclined 35 degrees from the horizontal. The density of the liquid in the manometer is 0.81
kg/L, and the vertical distance between the fluid levels in the two arms of the manometer is 8
cm. Determine the gage pressure of air in the duct and the length of the fluid column in the
inclined arm above the fluid level in the vertical arm.
A multifluid container is connected to a U-tube. For the given specific gravities and fluid
column heights, determine the gage pressure at A. Also determine the height of a mercury
column that would create the same pressure at A.
A glass that is fully filled with water and covered with a thin paper is inverted. Determine the
pressure at the bottom (narrow end) of the glass, and explain why water does not fall out.
A retaining wall against a mud slide is to be constructed by placing 0.8-m-high by 0.2-mwide rectangular concrete blocks (=2700 kg/m3) side-by-side. The friction coefficient
between the ground and the concrete blocks is f = 0.3, and the density of the mud is 1800
kg/m3. Determine the mud height at which (a) the blocks will overcome friction and begin
sliding and (b) the blocks will tip over.
A water trough of semicircular cross-section of radius 0.5 m consists of two symmetric parts
hinged to each other at the bottom. The two parts are held together by a cable and turnbuckle
placed every 3 m along the length of the trough (the dimension going into the page).
Calculate the tension in each cable when the trough is filled to the rim.

Problem 1:
Solution The torque and the rpm of a double cylinder viscometer are given. The
viscosity of the fluid is to be determined.
Assumptions 1 The inner cylinder is completely submerged in
oil. 2 The viscous effects on the two ends of the inner cylinder are
negligible. 3 The fluid is Newtonian.
R

Analysis
Substituting the given values, the viscosity of the
fluid is determined to be

l = 0.12 cm
fluid

T
2

4 R n L

(0.8 N m)(0.0012 m)
2

## 4 (0.075 m) 3 ( 200 / 60 s -1 )(0.75 m)

0.0231 N s/m 2

Discussion This is the viscosity value at the temperature that existed during the
experiment. Viscosity is a strong function of temperature, and the values can be
significantly different at different temperatures. This could be SAE 10W oil at a high
temperature ~ 50 degrees C.
Problem 2:
Solution The air pressure in a duct is measured by an inclined manometer. For a
given vertical level difference, the gage pressure in the duct and the length of the
differential fluid column are to be determined.
Assumptions The manometer fluid is an incompressible substance.
Properties

Analysis

1 N
1 Pa

2
2
1
kg

m/s
1N/m

636 Pa

Air
L

8 cm

## The length of the differential fluid column is

L h / sin 8 cm / sin35 13.9 cm

35

Discussion Note that the length of the differential fluid column is extended
considerably by inclining the manometer arm for better readability (and therefore higher
precision).

Problem 3:
Solution A multi-fluid container is connected to a U-tube. For the given specific
gravities and fluid column heights, the gage pressure at A and the height of a mercury
column that would create the same pressure at A are to be determined.
Assumptions 1 All the liquids are incompressible. 2 The multi-fluid container is open to
the atmosphere.
Properties The specific gravities are given to be 1.26 for glycerin and 0.90 for oil. We
take the standard density of water to be w =1000 kg/m3, and the specific gravity of
mercury to be 13.6.
Analysis
Starting with the atmospheric
pressure on the top surface of the container and
moving along the tube by adding (as we go
down) or subtracting (as we go up) the gh
terms until we reach point A, and setting the
result equal to PA give
Patm oil ghoil w ghw gly ghgly PA

70 cm

Oil
SG=0.9
0

30 cm

Water

90 cm

Glyceri
n
SG=1.2
6

15 cm

20 cm

## Rearranging and using the definition of specific gravity,

PA Patm SG oil w ghoil SG w w ghw SG gly w ghgly

or
PA,gage g w SG oil hoil SG w hw SG gly hgly

Substituting,

1 kN
PA, gage (9.81 m/s 2 )(1000 kg/m 3 )[0.90(0.70 m) 1(0.3 m) 1.26(0.70 m)]
2
1000 kg m/s
0.471 kN/m

0.471 kPa

## The equivalent mercury column height is

h Hg

PA, gage

Hg g

1000 kg m/s 2

1 kN
(13.6)(1000 kg/m 3 )(9.81 m/s 2 )

0.471 kN/m 2

0.00353 m 0.353 cm

Discussion Note that the high density of mercury makes it a very suitable fluid for
measuring high pressures in manometers.

Problem 4
Solution A glass filled with water and covered with a thin paper is inverted. The
pressure at the bottom of the glass is to be determined.
Assumptions 1 Water is an incompressible substance. 2 The weight of the paper is
negligible. 3 The atmospheric pressure is 100 kPa.
Pbottom
3
Properties We take the density of water to be =1000 kg/m .
Analysis
The paper is in equilibrium, and thus the
net force acting on the paper must be zero. A vertical
force balance on the paper involves the pressure forces
on both sides, and yields
P1 Aglass Patm Aglass

P1 Patm

P1

That is, the pressures on both sides of the paper must be the same.
The pressure at the bottom of the glass is determined from the hydrostatic
pressure relation to be
Patm Pbottom ghglass

Substituting,

1N
1kg m/s 2

## Pbottom (100 kPa) (1000 kg/m 3 )(9.81 m/s 2 )(0.1 m)

P1
atmkPa
1000 N/m 2

Discussion Note that there is a vacuum of 1 kPa at the bottom of the glass, and thus
there is an upward pressure force acting on the water body, which balanced by the weight
of water. As a result, the net downward force on water is zero, and thus water does not
flow down.

99.0

Problem 5
Solution A retaining wall against mud slide is to be constructed by rectangular
concrete blocks. The mud height at which the blocks will start sliding, and the blocks will
tip over are to be determined.
Assumptions Atmospheric pressure acts on both sides of the wall, and thus it can be
ignored in calculations for convenience.
Properties The density is given to be 1800 kg/m3 for the mud, and 2700 kg/m3 for
concrete blocks.
Analysis
(a) The weight of the concrete wall per unit length (L = 1 m) and the friction
force between the wall and the ground are

1N
W block gV ( 2700 kg/m 3 )(9.81 m/s 2 )[0.2 0.8 1 m 3 )
2
1 kg m/s
Ffriction W block 0.3( 4238 N ) 1271 N

4238 N

t =0.2 m

## The hydrostatic force exerted by the mud to the wall is

FH Fx Pavg A ghC A g h / 2 A

1N
2
1 kg m/s

0.8 m

## 1800 kg/m 3 9.81 m/s 2 h / 2 (1 h )

8829h 2 N

Setting the hydrostatic and friction forces equal to each other gives
FH Ffriction

8829 h

1271

h 0.38 m

Ffriction
A

(b) The line of action of the hydrostatic force passes through the pressure center, which is
2h/3 from the free surface. The line of action of the weight of the wall passes through the
midplane of the wall. Taking the moment about point A and setting it equal to zero gives

W block (t / 2) FH ( h / 3)

W block (t / 2) 8829h 3 / 3

Solving for h and substituting, the mud height for tip over is determined to be
3W block t

2 8829

1/ 3

3 4238 0.2

2 8829

1/ 3

0.52 m

Discussion The concrete wall will slide before tipping. Therefore, sliding is more
critical than tipping in this case.

FH

Problem 6
Solution Two parts of a water trough of semi-circular cross-section are held together
by cables placed along the length of the trough. The tension T in each cable when the
trough is full is to be determined.
Assumptions 1 Atmospheric pressure acts on both sides of the trough wall, and thus it
can be ignored in calculations for convenience. 2 The weight of the trough is negligible.
We take the density of water to be 1000 kg/m3 throughout.

Properties

Analysis
To expose the cable tension, we consider half of the trough whose crosssection is quarter-circle. The hydrostatic forces acting on the vertical and horizontal plane
surfaces as well as the weight of the liquid block are:
Horizontal force on vertical surface:
FH Fx Pavg A ghC A g( R / 2 )A

1N
2
1 kg m/s

3679 N

## The vertical force on the horizontal surface is zero, since it

coincides with the free surface of water. The weight of fluid
block per 3-m length is

FR

FV W gV g [ w R 2 / 4]

1N
(1000 kg/m 3 )(9.81 m/s 2 )[(3 m) (0.5 m) 2 /4]
2
1 kg m/s
5779 N

R = 0.5 m

FH

Then the magnitude and direction of the hydrostatic force acting on the surface of the 3m long section of the trough become
FR

## FH2 FV2 (3679 N) 2 (5779 N) 2 6851 N

tan

FV
5779 N

1.571
FH
3679 N

57.5

Therefore, the line of action passes through the center of the curvature of the trough, making 57.5
downwards from the horizontal. Taking the moment about point A where the two parts are hinged and
setting it equal to zero gives

FR Rsin( 90 57.5 ) TR

## Solving for T and substituting, the tension in the cable is determined to be

T FR sin 90 57.5 6851 N sin 90 57.5 3681 N 3680 N

Discussion This problem can also be solved without finding FR by finding the lines of
action of the horizontal hydrostatic force and the weight.