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Pressure in a Rectangular Tank

  1. Nov 12, 2008 #1


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    1. A rectangular tank 2.0 m by 2.0 m by 3.5 m high contains gasoline, with a density of 0.68E3 kg/m3, to a depth of 2.5 m. What is the gauge pressure anywhere 1.2 m below the surface of the gasoline?

    2. P=Ps + Pl Pl=density (g) (h)

    3. I'm sure this is an easy problem, but I don't know where I am going wrong. I set Ps to atmospheric pressure at 1.013 E5 and Pl = .68 E3 (9.81) (2.5). I added Ps and Pl together to get 1.18 E5, but this is incorrect. Please help out if you can. Thanks.
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  3. Nov 12, 2008 #2


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    I found a new formula. P = Pa + Pg. My question is: when I use P= density x gravity x height, what value do I enter for the height? 3.5 or 2.5? Thanks
  4. Nov 12, 2008 #3

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    Neither. You'd use the depth below the surface of the fluid. (That formula gives the pressure due to the weight of the fluid, which in this case is the gauge pressure.)
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