Fluid masses subjected to horizontal acceleration
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- = Moment of Inertia.
- = Angular velocity
- = Angular velocity of precession.
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OverviewConsider a tank, originally at rest and containing some liquid. We know that the liquid, at rest, maintains its surface level as shown in fig-1(a). Now let the tank move towards the right side with a uniform acceleration. As the tank starts moving, we find that the liquid surface does not remain level any more. But the liquid surface fall down on the front side and rises up on the back side of the of the tank as shown in fig-1(b). The static pressure on the back side and front side due to liquid are shown in fig-1(c). Let,
- = Angle, which the liquid surface makes with the horizontal, and
- = Horizontal acceleration of the tank
where, m = Mass of liquid particle, g = Gravitational acceleration Similarly, accelerating force,
Now resolving the forces horizontally at A, 2) by (3)
- P1 = Hydrostatic pressure on the back side of the tank, and
- P2 = Hydrostatic pressure on the front side of the tank
Now as per Newton's Law of Motion, this net pressure,
Example - Fluid masses subjected to horizontal acceleration
An open rectangular tank 3m long. 2.5m wide and 1.25m deep is completely filled with water. If the tank is moved with an acceleration of 1.5m/s2, find the slope of the free surface of water and the quantity of water which will spill out of the tank.
- = 3 m
- = 2.5 m
- = 1.25 m
- = 1.5 m/s2
Quantity of water which will spill out of the tank From the above figure we can see that the depth of water on the front side,
Quantity of water which will spill out of the tank,
Slope = Quantity of water = litres