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Fluid pressure

  1. Feb 4, 2007 #1
    A rectangular plate is covering a hole in a dam. I've calculated the hydrostatic force acting on it, but how do I find the force that acts on each of the four bolts in the corners of the plate?
     
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  3. Feb 4, 2007 #2

    radou

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    An image of your problem would come in handy.
     
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  5. Feb 4, 2007 #4

    radou

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    Are these 'bolts' some kind of support on the plate? Are you trying to find reactive forces?
     
  6. Feb 4, 2007 #5
    The bolts keep the plate fastened to the dam, so i guess they take all the pressure from the water.
     
  7. Feb 4, 2007 #6

    radou

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    Unless I'm missing something, you should make a sketch of the pressure diagram, calculate the magnitude and position of the resultant and find the reactive forces in the bolts from the condition of equilibrium.
     
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