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Hydrostatic Pressure

The Hydrostatic Pressure accessory has been designed to determine the static thrust exerted by a fluid on a submerged surface and enable comparison of the measured magnitude and position of this force with simple theory.

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F1-12

FLUID MECHANICS F1-10 Accessory
F1-12 Hydrostatic Pressure - Issue 19

The Hydrostatic Pressure accessory has been designed to determine the static thrust exerted by a fluid on a submerged surface and allow comparison of the measured magnitude and position of this force with simple theory.

Ordering Specification

• Flotation tank with adjustable feet
• Accurately formed plastic quadrant
• Lever arm with counterbalance and weight hanger
• Quick release fitting for easy connection to hydraulics bench
• Educational software available as an option

Description

A fabricated quadrant is mounted on a balance arm, which pivots on knife edges. The knife edges coincide with the centre of arc of the quadrant. Thus, of the hydrostatic forces acting on the quadrant when immersed, only the force on the rectangular end face gives rise to a moment about the knife edges.

The balance arm incorporates a balance pan for the weights supplied and an adjustable counterbalance. This assembly is mounted on top of an acrylic tank, which may be levelled by adjusting screwed feet. Correct alignment is indicated on a circular spirit level mounted on the base of the tank.

An indicator attached to the side of the tank shows when the balance arm is horizontal. Water is admitted to the top of the tank by a flexible tube and may be drained through a cock in the side of the tank. The water level is indicated on a scale on the side of the quadrant.

Technical Details

Item Value
Tank capacity: 5.5 litres
Distance between suspended mass and fulcrum: 275mm
Cross-sectional area of quadrant (torroid): 7.5 x 10-3 m2
Total depth of completely immersed quadrant: 160mm
Height of fulcrum above quadrant: 100mm

Demonstration Capabilities

> Determining the centre of pressure on both a submerged or partially submerged plane surface and comparison with the theoretical position.

Requirements

F1-10 Hydraulics Bench

Shipping Specification

Individual accessories on request

Overall Dimensions

Individual accessories on request