Fluid Dynamics - Calculate the resultant moment

1. Aug 27, 2013

Mtrn_engineer

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

A rigid vertical wall separates two liquid reservoirs. The first reservoir contains oil of density p=864 kgm-3 at a height of 6m above the ground, while the second reservoir contains water (1000kgm-3) at a height of 5m from the reservoir bottom. Calculate the resultant moment, at the bottom of the vertical wall.

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2. Relevant equations

FR = PCA = pgycA

3. The attempt at a solution

Area is not given so I will take that out of the equation

water = 1000*9.81*5/2 *5/3
minus
oil = 864*9.81 *6/2*6/3

Answer = 50855 - 40875 = 9.98 n.M

I think that the answer is right but I am not sure as to why it is right. Can someone please verify and explain. Thank you

Last edited: Aug 27, 2013
2. Aug 27, 2013

tiny-tim

Welcome to PF!

Hi Mtrn_engineer! Welcome to PF!

(I think the question is probably asking for the moment per mass, so you'll be factoring out an m = ρAL somewhere)

Call the area A, and slice each side into horizontal slices of area A thickness dh and depth h …

then find the moment for that slice, and then integrate wrt h.

Show us what you get.