Our main fluid mechanics laboratory page is here. Other resources relating to this laboratory is here:
- Fluid Flow in Pipes, Losses and Flow Metering (instructor’s handout.)
- Compressible Flow Through Nozzles. A look at flow with compressible fluids such as air.
- Getting the Reynolds Number Right. Messing up this calculation is an error I see too often; this should help.
- Valve Loss Study. Although this was with compressible fluids, the basic concepts are the same.
Note: I made something of a muddle in calling out the data points on the gate valve portion of the experiment. (Not exactly Vivian Stanshall on Tubular Bells!) But I’ve syncronised the Rotameter flow readings, the digital manometer’s readings, and showing which valve opening setting is being used at which point in the video, so the relationship between the three should be clear.