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Experiment No.

2
MEASUREMENT OF PRESSURE HEAD USING MANOMETER
1. Objective(s):
The activity aims to determine the pressure of liquid at various depths.
2. Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs):
At the end of the activity the students shall be able to:

Define the basic principle of pressure.

Demonstrate pressure head measurement using U tube manometer.

Describe pressure and elevation relationships of fluids.

Identify pressure of liquid at a certain point.

Use the principle of pressure to solve common problems with fluids columns.

3. Discussion:
The intensity of pressure, at any point in a fluid, is the amount of pressure per unit area.
P=F/A
Pascals Law states:
At any point in a fluid at rest, the pressure is the same in all directions.
Variations in Pressures
Consider any two points (1 & 2), whose difference in elevation is h, to lie in the ends of
an elementary prism having a cross sectional area dA and a length of L. Since the prism is at
rest, all forces acting upon it must be in equilibrium.
P2 P1 = wh
Therefore, the difference in pressure between any two points in a homogeneous fluid at
rest is equal to the product of the unit weight of the fluid (w) to the vertical distance (h). Also,
P2 = P1+ wh

Meaning any change in pressure at point 1 would cause an equal change at point 2.
Therefore, a pressure applied at any point in a liquid at rest is transmitted equally and
undiminished to every other point in the liquid.

Consider that point 1 lies at the FLS (p1 = 0) then;


P=wh
A free liquid surface (FLS) is the surface which is subject to the atmospheric pressure
(no gauge pressure) Consider that points 1 and 2 lies on the same elevation so that h = 0. Then;
P1 = P2
Therefore, the pressure along the same horizontal plane in a homogeneous fluid at rest
is equal.
Note: w =unit weight of liquid
h = height of fluid
4. Resources:
U tube manometer
Mercury

Rubber tubing

Funnel

Prophylactic or thin sheet of rubber

Water

Colored liquid

5. Procedure:
Cover the large end of the thistle tube/funnel with a piece of thin sheet of rubber.

Attach a piece of rubber tubing over the smaller end of the funnel while the other end to
the U tube manometer that has two different liquid.

Measure the height of the fluids in the U tube manometer.

Tabulate the result.

Repeat step 2 to 4 for other liquid.

Course: CE 402
Group No.: 3
Group Leader: Malvecino, Juztine M.
Group Members:
1. Espino, Pamela Shara L.
2. Franco, Rebi Jennise J.
3. Macatangay, Jesuzette L.
4. Torcatos, Mark Lester C.
5. Victorio, Ace Louise B.
6. Data and Results:
Trials (Fluid/s)
Oil and Water
Vinegar and Oil
Diesel and Water
Diesel and Vinegar
7. Observation:

h1
Oil = 12.2
Vinegar = 10.3
Diesel = 15.0
Diesel = 13.6

Experiment No.: 2
Section: CE41FB6
Date Performed: July 20, 2015
Date Submitted: August 03, 2015
Instructor: Engr. Richard G. Villamora

h2
Water = 8.4
Oil = 6.5
Water = 10.2
Vinegar = 9.4

Pressure
0.6924
0.5972
1.076
0.9347

We observed that the height of a given liquid in the manometer with rubber tubing that
has a funnel covered with rubber is different when there is nothing attached to the manometer.
Just like the previous experiment, the different liquids (Oil, Water, Vinegar and Diesel) dont mix
together.
8. Analysis/Computation:
Oil and Water
Oil and Vinegar
Pow = (0.89)(9.81)
Pov = (0.96)(9.81)
(0.122) (1)(9.81)
(0.103) (1)(9.81)
(0.122-0.84)
(0.103-0.65)
= 0.6924

= 0.5972

Water and Diesel


Pwd = (1)(9.81)
(0.150) (0.84)(9.81)
(0.150-0.102)
= 1.076

Diesel and Vinegar


Pdv = (0.96)(9.81)
(0.136) (0.84)(9.81)
(0.136-0.094)
= 0.9347

9. Source of Error:
One of the sources of error in this experiment is the estimation of height. We cannot tell
the exact amount of fluid poured in the u tube manometer because of the measuring tool used
which is the ruler.
10. Conclusion:

We therefore conclude that the relationship between the elevation and pressure of fluids
is; the higher the difference in elevation the higher the pressure will be on the closed surfaced.

Oil and Water


Vinegar and Oil

Diesel and Water


Diesel and Vinegar