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Homework Help: Fluids - I wish the answer would flow to me

  1. Dec 1, 2005 #1
    Fluids - I wish the answer would "flow" to me

    I have two problems to do and I seem to suck at fluids...:tongue:
    The drawing shows a hydraulic system used with disc brakes. The force F is applied perpendicularly to the brake pedal. The brake pedal rotates about the axis shown in the drawing and causes a force to be applied perpendicularly to the input piston (radius = 9.53 10^-3m) in the master cylinder. The resulting pressure is transmitted by the brake fluid to the output plungers (radii = 2.14 10^-2m), which are covered with the brake linings. The linings are pressed against both sides of a disc attached to the rotating wheel. Suppose that the magnitude of F is 9.18 N. Assume that the input piston and the output plungers are at the same vertical level and find the force applied to each side of the revolving disc.
    A solid cylinder (radius = 0.150 m, height = 0.120 m) has a mass of 6.60 kg. This cylinder is floating in water. Then oil ( = 725 kg/m3) is poured on top of the water until the situation shown in the drawing results. How much of the height of the cylinder is in the oil?

    I tried everything I could think of but just don't get it, could I have some clues? Thanks. :smile:
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2005
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  3. Dec 1, 2005 #2
    What are we solving for in the first problem?
  4. Dec 1, 2005 #3
    That :smile:
  5. Dec 1, 2005 #4
    Forgive my double post o:)
    I got the third problem so no help needed there :smile:
  6. Dec 1, 2005 #5
    i really cannot get these and my grade depends on these :uhh:

    No clue on #1

    But for 2nd I try to find sum of forces and set equal to the weight of the cylinder, but it isn't right...
  7. Dec 1, 2005 #6


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    The hint that gravitational potential is the same is a great simplificiation. You can focus on the equivalence of forces. Assume that the fluid is incompressible.

    You exert a pressure of F/A. The same pressure appears at the two sides of the output plungers. The force would be again F/A. That help?
  8. Dec 1, 2005 #7
    Tried that and got 46.29

    But wrong... so what did I do?
  9. Dec 1, 2005 #8


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    Maybe you should try writing out your calculations.
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