FLB 10.1 – Hydrostatic Pressure

This equipment is designed for the study of the pressure exerted by a fluid on a surface submerged in it.

The shape of the sector or quadrant that is submerged into the water ensures that the only pressure exerted by the water on its surface goes to the lower rectangular vertical surface. During the experiment, a counterbalance is placed

A ruler shows the water height from the lower point of the submerged rectangular face on which the phenomenon is studied.

To avoid any friction that deflects the measurement, the entire quadrant system and its lever arm (where we place the counterbalance weights) are supported on bearings with glass spheres, which clearly increase the accuracy of the test.

Learning Objectives
Measure and check the moment created by the pressure force acting on a submerged vertical flat surface. For this, it is necessary to determine both the magnitude of the force and its center of pressure.
We will distinguish two different cases:
    • Fully submerged surface.
    • Partially submerged surface.
Technical Data
  • Quadrant
      • Inner diameter 100 mm (D. Int).
      • External diameter 200 mm (D. Ext).
      • Width 75 mm.
    Set of weights:
      • 1x 10 g
      • 2x 20 g
      • 1x 50 g
      • 1x 100 g
      • 2x 200 g
      • 1x 500 g
      • 1x 1000 g
    Constructive details
      • Bubble level incorporated
      • Bearings with glass spheres
      • Height adjustable legs with flat screwdriver
      • Water height indicator rule from the bottom edge of the study surface

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