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Time of emptying a hemispherical tank through an orifice at its bottom


Consider a hemispherical tank, containing some liquid and having an orifice at its bottom as shown in figure.

  • \inline R = Radius of the tank
  • \inline H_{1} = Initial height of the liquid
  • \inline H_{2} = Final height of the liquid
  • a = Area of the orifice

At some instant, let the height of the liquid be h above the orifice.

We know that the theoretical velocity of the liquid at this instant, \inline v = \sqrt {2gh}

At this instant, let r be the radius of the liquid surface.

Then the surface area of the liquid, \inline A = \pi r^2

After a small interval of time dt, let the liquid level fall down by the amount dh.

Therefore volume of the liquid that has passed in time dt,

The value of dh is taken as negative, as its value will decrease with the increase in discharge.

We know that the volume of liquid that has passed through the orifice in time dt,

\inline dq = Coefficient of discharge \inline \times Area \inline \times Theoretical velocity \inline \times Time

Equating equations (1) and (2)

From the geometry of the tank, we find that,
r^2 = R^2 - (R - h)^2 = R^2 - R^2 + 2Rh - h^2 = 2Rh - h^2

Substituting this value of \inline r^2 in equation (3)
-\pi (2Rh - h^2)dh = C_{d}.a.\sqrt {2gh}.dt

Now the total time T required to bring the liquid level from \inline H_{1} to \inline H_{2} may be found out by integrating the equation (4) between the limits \inline H_{1} to \inline H_{2} i.e.,

T = \int_{H_{1}}^{H_{2}}\frac{-\pi (2Rh-h^2)\times h^{-\frac{1}{2}}.dh}{C_{d}.a.\sqrt {2g}}

\;\;\;\;= \frac{-\pi}{C_{d}.a.\sqrt {2g}}\int_{H_{1}}^{H_{2}}(2Rh^\frac{1}{2}-h^\frac{3}{2}).dh

\;\;\;\;= \frac{-\pi}{C_{d}.a.\sqrt {2g}}[\frac{4}{3}R(H_{2}^{\frac{3}{2}}-H_{1}^{\frac{3}{2}})-\frac{2}{5}(H_{2}^{\frac{5}{2}}-H_{1}^{\frac{5}{2}})]

\therefore T = \frac{2\pi}{C_{d}.a.\sqrt {2g}}[\frac{2}{3}R(H_{1}^{\frac{3}{2}}-H_{2}^{\frac{3}{2}})-\frac{1}{5}(H_{1}^{\frac{5}{2}}-H_{2}^{\frac{5}{2}})]

If the vessel is to be completely emptied, then putting \inline H_{2}=0 in this equation,

T = \frac{2\pi}{C_{d}.a.\sqrt {2g}}[\frac{2}{3}RH_{1}^{\frac{3}{2}}-\frac{1}{5}H_{1}^{\frac{5}{2}}]

If the vessel was full at the time of the commencement and is to be completely emptied, then putting \inline H_{1}=R in the above equation,
T = \frac{14\pi R^{\frac{5}{2}}}{15C_{d}a\sqrt {2g}}

Example - Time of emptying a hemispherical tank
A hemispherical tank of 2 meters radius contains water up to a depth 1meter. Find the time taken to discharge the tank completely through an orifice of 1000 mm2 provided at the bottom. Take \inline C_{d} = 0.62.
  • \inline R = 2m
  • \inline H_{1} = 1m
  • \inline a = 1000 mm2
  • \inline C_{d} = 0.62

We know that the time taken to discharge the tank completely.

T = \frac{14\pi R^{\frac{5}{2}}}{15C_{d}a\sqrt {2g}}

\;\;\;\;= \frac{2\pi}{0.62\times 0.001\sqrt {2\times 9.81}}[\frac{2}{3}\times 2\times (1)^{\frac{3}{2}}-\frac{1}{5}\times (1)^{\frac{5}{2}}]

\;\;\;\;=2593 s = 43 min 13 s
Time taken to discharge the tank completely = 43 min 13 sec

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