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# PRINCIPLE CONCEPTS OF FLUID MECHANICS J3008/1/1

UNIT 1

OBJECTIVES

## General Objective : To know, understand and apply the measurement of temperature,

pressure and physical properties of fluid.

## ¾ convert the temperature to Celsius (ºC), Fahrenheit (ºF),

Rankine (R), Kelvin (K) scales.

## ¾ define Pressure ( P ) , Atmospheric Pressure (Patm) , Gauge

Pressure ( PG ) , Absolute Pressure ( PA ) and Vacuum ( Pv )

## ¾ differentiate mass density ( ρ ), specific weight ( ω ), specific

gravity ( s ) , specific volume ( v ) and viscosity.

## ¾ calculate fluid properties using the formula given.

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## Fluid Mechanics - Introduction

Fluid Mechanics is a section of applied mechanics, concerned with the static and
dynamics of liquids and gases.
Knowledge of fluid mechanics is essential for the chemical engineer, because the
majority of chemical processing operations are conducted either partially or totally in
the fluid phase.
The handling of liquids is much simpler, cheaper, and less troublesome than handling
solids.
Even in many operations a solid is handled in a finely divided state so that it stays in
suspension in a fluid.

## Fluids and their Properties

Fluids
In everyday life, we recognize three states of matter: solid, liquid and gas. Although
different in many respects, liquids and gases have a common characteristic in which
they differ from solids. Both are fluids, but lacks the ability of solids to offer a
permanent resistance to a deforming force.
A fluid is a substance which deforms continuously under the action of shearing forces,
however small they may be. Conversely, if a fluid is at rest, there can be no shearing
forces acting and, therefore, all forces in the fluid must be perpendicular to the planes
upon which they act.
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INPUT

## 1.1 TEMPERATURE UNITS

Temperature scales are defined by the numerical value assigned to a standard fixed
point. By international agreement the standard fixed point is the easily reproducible
triple point of water. These are represented by the state of equilibrium between steam,
ice and liquid water.
In this unit we learn how to convert temperatures into Celsius, Fahrenheit Kelvin and
Rankine scales.

The Celsius temperature scale uses the unit degree Celsius (ºC), which has the same
magnitude as the Kelvin. Thus the temperature differences are identical on both scales.
However, the zero point on the Celsius scale is shifted to 273K, as shown by the
following relationship between the Celsius temperature and the Kelvin temperature:

## T (°C ) = T (K ) − 273 …(1)

By definition, the Rankine scale, the unit of which is the degree Rankine (R) is
proportional to the Kelvin temperature according to

T (R ) = 1 . 8 T (K ) …(2)

A degree of the same size as that on the Rankine scale is used in the Fahrenheit scale,
but the zero point is shifted according to the relation

## T (°F ) = T (R ) − 460 …(3)

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substituting Eqs. (1) and (2) into Eq. (3), it follows that

T (° F ) = 1.8T (°C ) + 32

Example 1.1

Convert 200ºC to K.

## Solution to Example 1.1

K = ° C + 273
= 200 + 273
= 473 K

Example 1.2

Convert 250 ºC to ºF

## Solution to Example 1.2

° F = 32 + 1.8°C
= 32 + 1.8(250 )
= 482 °F

Example 1.3

Convert 365 ºF to R

## Solution to Example 1.3

R = 460 + ° F
= 460 + 365
= 825 R
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Example 1.4

Convert 200 ºF to R

## Solution to Example 1.4

R = 460 + ° F
= 460 + 200
= 660 R

Example 1.5

Convert 450 R to K

## Solution to Example 1.5

R
K=
1.8
450
=
1 .8
= 250 K

Example 1.6

Convert 410 K to ºF

## Solution to Example 1.6

° F = 1.8 (K − 273) + 32
= 1.8 (410 − 273) + 32
= 278.6° F
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ACTIVITY 1A

INPUT…!

ºC to K

ºF to R

R to K

## 1.2 Solve the problems below:

i) Air entering a wet scrubber is at 153 ºC. What is the temperature expressed in
degree Rankine?
ii) The gas stream temperature entering a fabric filter is 410 ºF. What is the
temperature expressed in degree Kelvin?
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FEEDBACK ON ACTIVITY 1A

1.1

ºC to K K = ºC + 273

ºF to R R = 460 + ºF

R to K R
K =
1 .8

1.2

## i) Convert temperature from Celsius to Fahrenheit.

ºF = 32 + 1.8ºC
ºF = 32 + 1.8(153)
= 307 ºF

## Convert temperature from Fahrenheit to Rankine.

R = ºF + 460
R = 307 + 460
= 767 R
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R = ºF + 460
R = 410 + 460
= 870 R

## Convert temperature from Rankine to Kelvin.

R
K=
1 .8
870
=
1.8
= 483 K
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## 1.2 DEFINITION OF PRESSURE

Fluid will exert a normal force on any boundary it is in contact with. Since these
boundaries may be large and the force may differ from place to place it is convenient
to work in terms of pressure, p, which is the force per unit area.

Force
pressure =
Area over which the force is applied

## Units : Newton’s per square metre, Nm-2,kgm-1s-2.

(The same unit is also known as Pascal, Pa i.e 1 Pa = 1Nm-2)
Also frequently used is the alternative SI unit the bar,
where 1 bar = 105Nm-2
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## Absolute Pressure, Gauge Pressure, and Vacuum

In a region such as outer space, which is virtually void of gases, the pressure is
essentially zero. Such a condition can be approached very nearly in a laboratory when
a vacuum pump is used to evacuate a bottle. The pressure in a vacuum is called
absolute zero, and all pressures referenced with respect to this zero pressure are
termed absolute pressures.
Many pressure-measuring devices measure not absolute pressure but only
difference in pressure. For example, a Bourdon-tube gage indicates only the difference
between the pressure in the fluid to which it is tapped and the pressure in the
atmosphere. In this case, then, the reference pressure is actually the atmospheric
pressure. This type of pressure reading is called gauge pressure. For example, if a
pressure of 50 kPa is measured with a gauge referenced to the atmosphere and the
atmospheric pressure is 100 kPa, then the pressure can be expressed as either p = 50
kPa gauge or p = 150 kPa absolute.
Whenever atmospheric pressure is used as a reference, the possibility exists
that the pressure thus measured can be either positive or negative. Negative gauge
pressure is also termed as vacuum pressure. Hence, if a gauge tapped into a tank
indicates a vacuum pressure of 31 kPa, this can also be stated as 70 kPa absolute, or
-31 kPa gauge, assuming that the atmospheric pressure is 101 kPa .

## 1.3.1 Atmospheric Pressure, patm

- The earth is surrounded by an atmosphere many miles high. The pressure
due to this atmosphere at the surface of the earth depends upon the head of
the air above the surface.
- The air is compressible, therefore the density is different at different height.
- Due to the weight of atmosphere or air above the surface of earth, it is
difficult to calculate the atmospheric pressure. So, atmospheric pressure is
measured by the height of column of liquid that it can support.
- Atmospheric pressure at sea level is about 101.325 kN/m2, which is
equivalent to a head of 10.35 m of water or 760 mm of mercury
approximately, and it decreases with altitude.
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## 1.3.2 Gauge Pressure, pG

- It is the pressure, measured with the help of a pressure measuring
instrument, in which the atmospheric pressure is taken as datum; in other
words the atmospheric pressure at the gauge scale is marked zero.
- The gauge pressure can be either positive or negative depending on
whether the pressure is above atmospheric pressure (a positive value) or
below atmospheric pressure (a negative value).

## 1.3.3 Absolute Pressure, pA

- It is the pressure equal to the algebraic sum of the atmospheric and gauge
pressures.

## Absolute pressure = Gauge pressure + Atmospheric pressure

p A = p G + p atm

1.3.4 Vacuum, pv
- In a perfect vacuum which is a completely empty space, the pressure is zero.

atmospheric
pressure
reference
pressure –ve

## Figure 1.2 Pressure Gauges

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Example 1.7

## Define the following terms :

i. Pressure (p )
ii. Atmospheric Pressure ( patm)
iii. Gauge Pressure ( pG )
iv. Absolute Pressure ( pA )
v. Vacuum ( pv )

## Solution to Example 1.7

i. Pressure ( p ):
Pressure is force ( F ) per unit area ( A ).

## ii. Atmospheric Pressure ( patm) :

The pressure due to atmosphere at the surface of the earth depends
upon the head of the air above the surface.

## iii. Gauge Pressure ( pG ) :

It is the pressure, measured with the help of a pressure measuring
instrument, in which the atmospheric pressure is taken as datum.

## iv. Absolute Pressure ( pA )

It is the pressure that equals to the algebraic sum of the atmospheric
and gauge pressures.

v. Vacuum ( pv )
A completely empty space where the pressure is zero.
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Example 1.8
What is the pressure gauge of air in the cylinder if the atmospheric gauge is
101.3 kN/m2 and absolute pressure is 460 kN/m2.

## Solution to Example 1.8

pA = 460 kN/m2
patm = 101.3 kN/m2
pG = ?

## Absolute pressure, pA = Gauge pressure, pG + atmospheric pressure, patm

Therefore ,

pG = pA – patm
= 460 – 101.3
= 358.7 kN / m 2
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ACTIVITY 1B

INPUT…!

## 1.3 Label the diagram below :

b Local
atmospheric
pressure
reference
c

a d

1.4 A Bourdon pressure gauge attached to a boiler located at sea level shows a reading
pressure of 7 bar. If atmospheric pressure is 1.013 bar, what is the absolute pressure in
that boiler (in kN/m2) ?
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FEEDBACK ON ACTIVITY 1B

1.3

atmospheric
pressure
reference
d = pressure –ve

## a = absolute pressure d = absolute pressure

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1.4
pA = ?
patm = 1.013 bar
pG = 7 bar

## Absolute pressure,pA = Gauge pressure,pG + atmospheric pressure,patm

Therefore ,

pA = pG + patm
= 7 x 105 + 1.013 x 105
= 801300 N/m2
= 801.3 kN / m 2
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INPUT

## 1.4 PHYSICAL PROPERTIES OF FLUID

Fluid properties are intimately related to fluid behaviour. It is obvious that different
fluids can have grossly different characteristics. For example, gases are light and
compressible, whereas liquids are heavy and relatively incompressible.

To quantify the fluid behaviour differences certain fluid properties are used. The fluid
properties are mass density, specific weight, specific gravity, specific volume and
viscosity.

## 1.4.1 Mass density, ρ is defined as the mass per unit volume.

( SI units, kg/m3 )
mass, m
ρ=
volume,V

## 1.4.2 Specific weight, ω is defined as the weight per unit volume.

( SI units, N/m3 )
weight , W
ω=
volume, V
mg
ω=
V
ω = ρg (where g = 9.81m/sec2)

## In SI units the specific weight of water is 9.81 x 1000 = 9810 N/m3

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1.4.3 Specific gravity or relative density, s is the ratio of the weight of the substance
to the weight of an equal volume of water at 4 ºC.
ω subs tan ce
s=
ω water
ρ subs tan ce
s=
ρ water

## 1.4.4 Specific volume, v is defined as the reciprocal of mass density. It is used to

mean volume per unit mass. (SI units, m3/kg ).
1
ν=
ρ
volume, V
ν=
mass, m

1.4.5 Viscosity
A fluid at rest cannot resist shearing forces but once it is in motion, shearing
forces are set up between layers of fluid moving at different velocities. The
viscosity of the fluid determines the ability of the fluid in resisting these
shearing stresses.

Example 1.9
What is the mass density, ρ of fluid (in kg/m3) if mass is 450 g and the volume is 9
cm3.

## Solution to Example 1.9

m
ρ=
V
450 × 10 −3
=
9 × 10 −6
= 50 × 10 3 kg / m 3
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Example 1.10
What is the specific weight, ω of fluid (in kN/m3) if the weight of fluid is 10N and the
volume is 500 cm2.

## Solution to Example 1.10

W
ω=
V
10 × 10 −3
=
500 × 10 −6
= 20 000 N/m3
= 20 kN / m 3

Example 1.11
What is the specific gravity of fluid in Example 1.10.

## Solution to Example 1.11

ω subs tan ce
s=
ω water
20 × 10 3
=
1000(9.81)
= 2.039

Example 1.12
What is the specific volume, v of fluid in Example 1.9.

## Solution to Example 1.12

V
v =
m
9 × 10 −6
=
450 × 10 −3
= 2 × 10 −5 m 3 / kg
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ACTIVITY 1C

INPUT…!

## 1.5 Match the following

weight ,W
Specific ρ volume,V
gravity N/m3

volume,V
mass, m
Specific ω
volume
m3/kg
mass, m
Mass s volume,V
density
kg/m3
Specific ω for subs tan ce
weight
v ω forwater
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FEEDBACK ON ACTIVITY 1C

1.5

weight ,W
Specific ρ volume,V
gravity N/m3

volume,V
mass, m
Specific ω
volume
m3/kg
mass, m
Mass s volume,V
density
kg/m3
Specific ω for subs tan ce
weight
v ω forwater
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SELF-ASSESSMENT

You are approaching success. Try all the questions in this self-assessment section
and check your answers with those given in the Feedback on Self-Assessment. If you
face any problems, discuss it with your lecturer. Good luck.

## d) 300 K to ºC, R and ºF.

1.2 Assume the density of water to be 1000 kg/m3 at atmospheric pressure 101
kN/m2. What will be:
a) the gauge pressure
b) the absolute pressure of water at a depth of 2000 m below the free surface?

1.3 Determine in Newton per square metre, the increase in pressure intensity per
metre depth in fresh water. The mass density of fresh water is 1000 kg/m3.

1.4 Given specific weight of fluid is 6.54 kN/m3 and its mass is 8.3 kg, calculate
the following:
a) volume of fluid
b) specific volume of fluid
c) density of fluid

## 1.5 Given oil specific gravity is 0.89, find :

a) density of oil
b) specific weight of oil
c) specific volume of oil
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FEEDBACK ON SELF-ASSESSMENT

## 1.1 a) 347 F,807 R,448.3 K ,

b) 58 °F,287.7 K,14.7 C ,

## c) 674 °C,374.4 R,101.4 K

d) 27 °C,80.6 °F,540.6 R

b) 218.72 kN/m2

1.4 a) 0.072 m3

b) 0.0015 m3/kg

c) 691.67 kg/m3

b) 8730.9 N/m3

c) 0.00112 m3/kg