Forces on a Completely Submerged Gate

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A gate hinged at the top is submerged under water. The gate is 2.5 meters long and 1 meter wide. This Demonstration calculates the force that must be applied to keep the gate closed. Use the sliders to set the water height and the gate weight. Check the "show distances" box to display distances.

Contributed by: Rachael L. Baumann (May 2018)
Additional contributions by: John L. Falconer and Kimberly R. Bourland
(University of Colorado Boulder, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering)
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA


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