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Flow rate from hole in tank?

  1. May 13, 2014 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    A rectangular opening is cut into the side of a large open-topped water tank. The opening has width W and height H2 - H1, where H1 is the distance from the top of the tank to the top of the opening, and H2 is the distance from the top of the tank to the bottom of the opening. Determine the volume V of water that emerges from the opening per second.

    You may assume that the surface area of the tank is extremely large compared to the area of the opening, but you should not assume that the water emerges from the opening with a single, uniform velocity.

    2. Relevant equations

    Bernoulli's equation

    3. The attempt at a solution

    So I first tried to get the velocity at H1 and H2 using Bernoulli's equation. Then I assume you have to integrate to account for the rate in between, but I'm having trouble setting up the integral. Help is appreciated, thanks.
     
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  3. May 13, 2014 #2
    Can you find the velocity at any arbitrary depth y?
     
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