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**1.** **Newton’s law of viscosity relates**

a) intensity of pressure and rate of angular deformation

b) shear stress and rate of angular deformation

c) shear stress, viscosity, and temperature

d) viscosity and rate of angular deformation

**Answer: b**

**2.** **An open tank contains 1 m deep water with a 50 cm depth of oil of specific gravity 0.8 above it. The intensity of pressure at the bottom of the tank will be**

a) 4 kN/m2

b) 10 kN/m2

c) 12 kN/m2

d) 14 kN/m2

**Answer: d**

**3.** **The position of the center of pressure on a plane surface immersed vertically in a static mass of fluid is**

a) at the centroid of the submerged area

b) always above the centroid of the area

c) always below the centroid of the area

d) none of the above

**Answer: c**

**4.** **The total pressure on a plane surface inclined at an angle 9 with the horizontal is equal to**

a) PA

b) pA sin 9

c) pA cos 9

d) pA tan 9

where p is pressure intensity at the centroid of the area and A is the plane surface area.

**Answer: a**

**5.** **A vertical rectangular plane surface is submerged in water such that its top and bottom surfaces are 1.5 m and 6.0 m respectively below the free surface. The position of the center of pressure below the free surface will be at a distance of**

a) 3.75 m

b) 4.0 m

c) 4.2m

d) 4.5m

**Answer: c**

**6. Pascal-second is the unit of**

a) pressure

b) kinematic viscosity

c) dynamic viscosity

d) surface tension

**Answer: c**

**7. An ideal fluid is**

a) one which obeys Newton’s law of viscosity

b) frictionless and incompressible

c) very viscous

d) frictionless and compressible

**Answer: b**

**8. The unit of kinematic viscosity is**

a) gm/cm-sec2

b) dyne-sec/cm2

c) gm/cm2-sec

d) cm2/sec

**Answer: d**

**9. If the dynamic viscosity of a fluid is 0.5 poise and specific gravity is 0.5, then the kinematic viscosity of that fluid in stokes is**

a) 0.25

b) 0.50

c) 1.0

d) none of the above

**Answer: c**

**10. The viscosity of a gas**

a) decreases with increase in temperature

b) increases with increase in temperature

c) is independent of temperature

d) is independent of pressure for very high pressure intensities

**Answer: b**

**11. Centre of buoyancy always**

a) coincides with the centre of gravity

b) coincides with the centroid of the volume of fluid displaced

c) remains above the centre of gravity

d) remains below the centre of gravity

**Answer: b**

**12. If the weight of a body immersed in a fluid exceeds the buoyant force, then the body will**

a) rise until its weight equals the buoyant force

b) tend to move downward and it may finally sink

c) float

d) none of the above

**Answer: b**

**13. Metacentric height for small values of the angle of heel is the distance between the**

a) centre of gravity and centre of buoy-ancy

b) centre of gravity and metacentre

c) centre of buoyancy and metacentre

d) free surface and centre of buoyancy

**Answer: b**

**14. A floating body is said to be in a state of stable equilibrium**

a) when its metacentric height is zero

b) when the metacentre is above the centre of gravity

c) when the metacentre is below the centre of gravity

d) only when its centre of gravity is below its centre of buoyancy

**Answer: b**

**15. The increase in meta-centric height**

i) increases stability

ii) decreases stability

iii) increases comfort for passengers

iv) decreases comfort for passengers

The correct answer is

a) (i) and (iii)

b) (i)and(iv)

c) (ii) and (iii)

d) (ii) and (iv)

**Answer: b**

**16. A rectangular block 2 m long, 1 m wide and 1 m deep floats in water, the depth of immersion being 0.5 m. If water weighs 10 kN/m3, then the weight of the block is**

a) 5 kN

b) 10 kN

c) 15 kN

d) 20 kN

**Answer: b**

**17. The point in the immersed body through which the resultant pressure of the liquid may be taken to act is known as**

a) center of gravity

b) center of buoyancy

c) center of pressure

d) metacenter

**Answer: c**

**18. If a vessel containing liquid moves downward with a constant acceleration equal to ‘g’ then**

a) the pressure throughout the liquid mass is atmospheric

b) there will be a vacuum in the liquid

c) the pressure in the liquid mass is greater than hydrostatic pressure

d) none of the above

**Answer: a**

**19. When a liquid rotates at a constant angular velocity about a vertical axis as a rigid body, the pressure intensity varies**

a) linearly with radial distance

b) as the square of the radial distance

c) inversely as the square of the radial distance

d) inversely as the radial distance

**Answer: b**

**20. An open cubical tank of 2 m side is filled with water. If the tank is rotated with an acceleration such that half of the water spills out, then the acceleration is equal to**

a) g/3

b) g/2

c) 2g/3

d) g

**Answer: d**

**21. A right circular cylinder open at the top is filled with liquid and rotated about its vertical axis at such a speed that half the liquid spills out, then the pressure intensity at the center of the bottom is**

a) zero

b) one-fourth its value when cylinder was full

c) one-half its value when cylinder was full

d) cannot be predicted from the given data

**Answer: a**

**22. The horizontal component of force on a curved surface is equal to the**

a) product of pressure intensity at its centroid and area

b) force on a vertical projection of the curved surface

c) weight of liquid vertically above the curved surface

d) force on the horizontal projection of the curved surface

**Answer: b**

**23. A closed tank containing water is moving in a horizontal direction along a straight line at a constant speed. The tank also contains a steel ball and a bubble of air. If the tank is decelerated horizontally, then**

i) the ball will move to the front

ii) the bubble will move to the front

iii) the ball will move to the rear

iv) the bubble will move to the rear Find out which of the above statements are correct ?

a) (i) and (ii)

b) (i)and(iv)

c) (ii) and (iii)

d) (iii) and (iv)

**Answer: b**

**24. The eddy viscosity for turbulent flow is**

a) a function of temperature only

b) a physical property of the fluid.

c) dependent on the flow

d) independent of the flow

**Answer: c**

**25. Flow at a constant rate through a tapering pipe is**

i) steady flow

ii) uniform flow

iii) unsteady flow

iv) non-uniform flow

The correct answer is

a) (i) and (ii)

b) (i)and(iv)

c) (ii) and (iii)

d) (ii) and (iv)

**Answer: b**

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**26. In a two-dimensional incompressible steady flow around an airfoil, the streamlines are 2 cm apart at a great distance from the airfoil, where the velocity is 30 m/sec. The velocity near the airfoil, where the streamlines are 1.5 cm apart, is**

a) 22.5 m/sec.

b) 33 m/sec.

c) 40 m/sec.

d) 90 m/sec.

**Answer: c**

**27. When the velocity distribution is uniform over the cross-section, the correction factor for momentum is**

a) 0

b) 1

c) 4/3

d) 2

**Answer: b**

**28. Least possible value of correction factor for**

i) kinetic energy is zero

ii) kinetic energy is 1

iii) momentum is zero

iv) momentum is 1

The correct statements are

a) (i) and (iii)

b) (ii) and (iii)

c) (i) and (iv)

d) (ii) and (iv)

**Answer: d**

**29. If the velocity is zero over half of the cross-sectional area and is uniform over the remaining half, then the momentum correction factor is**

a) 1

b) 4/3

c) 2

d) 4

**Answer: c**

**30. If velocity is zero over l/3rd of a cross-section and is uniform over the remaining 2/3rd of the cross-section, then the correction factor for kinetic energy is**

a) 4/3

b) 3/2

c) 9/4

d) 27/8

**Answer: c**

**31. Equation of continuity is based on the principle of conservation of**

a) mass

b) energy

c) momentum

d) none of the above

**Answer: a**

**32. In steady flow of a fluid, the total acceleration of any fluid particle**

a) can be zero

b) is never zero

c) is always zero

d) is independent of coordinates

**Answer: a**

**33. The pitot tube is used to measure**

a) velocity at a stagnation point

b) stagnation pressure

c) static pressure

d) dynamic pressure

**Answer: b**

**34. Hot wire anemometer is used to measure**

a) discharge

b) velocity of gas

c) pressure intensity of gas

d) pressure intensity of liquid

**Answer: b**

**35. The theoretical value of the coefficient of contraction of a sharp-edged orifice is**

a) 0.611

b) 0.85

c) 0.98

d) 1.00

**Answer: a**

**36. The continuity equation**

**pi V,A,= p2V2A2 is based on the following assumption regarding flow of fluid**

a) steady flow

b) uniform flow

c) incompressible flow

d) frictionless flow

where pi and p2 are mass densities.

**Answer: a**

**37. Which of the following velocity potentials satisfies continuity equation?**

a) x2y

b) x2-y2

c) cosx

d) x2 + y2

**Answer: b**

**38. The motion of air mass in a tornado is a**

a) free vortex motion

b) forced vortex motion

c) free vortex at center and forced vortex outside

d) forced vortex at center and free vortex outside

**Answer: d**

**39. In a forced vortex motion, the velocity of flow is**

a) directly proportional to its radial distance from axis of rotation

b) inversely proportional to its radial distance from the axis of rotation

c) inversely proportional to the square of its radial distance from the axis of rotation

d) directly proportional to the square of its radial distance from the axis of rotation

**Answer: a**

**40. Streamlines and path lines always coincide in case of**

a) steady flow

b) laminar flow

c) uniform flow

d) turbulent flow

**Answer: a**

**41. Which of the following is used to measure the discharge?**

a) current meter

b) venturi meter

c) pitot tube

d) hotwire anemometer

**Answer: b**

**42. Select the incorrect statement.**

a) The pressure intensity at vena contracta is atmospheric.

b) Contraction is least at vena contracta.

c) Stream lines are parallel throughout the jet at vena contracta.

d) Coefficient of contraction is always less than one.

**Answer: c**

**43. Size of a venturi meter is specified by**

a) pipe diameter

b) throat diameter

c) angle of diverging section

d) both pipe diameter as well as throat diameter

**Answer: a**

**44. Due to each end contraction, the discharge of rectangular sharp crested weir is reduced by**

a) 5%

b) 10%

c) 15%

d) 20%

**Answer: a**

**45. The discharge through a V- notch varies as**

a) H1/2

b) H3’2

c) H5/2

d) H5’4 where H is head.

**Answer: c**

**46. Which of the following is an incorrect statement?**

a) Coefficient of contraction of a venturi meter is unity.

b) Flow nozzle is cheaper than venturi meter but has higher energy loss.

c) Discharge is independent of orientation of venturi meter whether it is horizontal, vertical, or inclined.

d) None of the above statements is correct.

**Answer: d**

**47. Coefficient of velocity of venturi meter**

a) is independent of Reynolds number

b) decreases with a higher Reynolds number

c) is equal to the coefficient of discharge of venturi meter

d) none of the above

**Answer: c**

**48. The pressure at the summit of a syphon is**

a) equal to atmospheric

b) less than atmospheric

c) more than atmospheric

d) none of the above

**Answer: b**

**49. Ay between two streamlines represents**

a) velocity

b) discharge

c) head

d) pressure

**Answer: b**

**50. Coefficient of velocity for Borda’s mouthpiece running full is**

a) 0.611

b) 0.707

c) 0.855

d) 1.00

**Answer: b**

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**51. Coefficient of discharge for a totally submerged orifice as compared to that for an orifice discharging free is**

a) slightly less

b) slightly more

c) nearly half

d) equal

**Answer: a**

**52. The major loss of energy in long pipes is due to**

a) sudden enlargement

b) sudden contraction

c) gradual contraction or enlargement

d) friction

**Answer: d**

**53. Coefficient of contraction for an external cylindrical mouthpiece is**

a) 1.00

b) 0.855

c) 0.7H

d) 0.611

**Answer: a**

**54. Which of the following has highest coefficient of discharge?**

a) sharp-edged orifice

b) venturi meter

c) Borda’s mouthpiece running full

d) CipoUetti weir

**Answer: b**

**55. In a Sutro weir, the discharge is proportional to**

a) H1/2

b) H3/2

c) H5/2

d) H

where H is head.

**Answer: d**

**56. The discharge over a broad crested weir is maximum when the depth of flow is**

a) H/3

b) H/2

c) 2 H/5

d) 2 H/3

where H is the available head.

**Answer: d**

**57. Which of the following statements is correct?**

a) Lower critical Reynolds number is of no practical significance in pipe flow problems.

b) Upper critical Reynolds number is significant in pipe flow problems.

c) Lower critical Reynolds number has the value 2000 in pipe flow

d) Upper critical Reynolds number is the number at which turbulent flow changes to laminar flow.

**Answer: a**

**58. For a sphere of radius 15 cm moving with a uniform velocity of 2 m/sec through a liquid of specific gravity 0.9 and dynamic viscosity 0.8 poise, the Reynolds number will be**

a) 300

b) 337.5

c) 600

d) 675

**Answer: d**

**59. The shear stress distribution for a fluid flowing in between the parallel plates, both at rest, is**

a) constant over the cross-section

b) parabolic distribution across the section

c) zero at the mid-plane and varies linearly with distance from midplane

d) zero at plates and increases linearly to a midpoint

**Answer: c**

**60. If x is the distance from leading edge, then the boundary layer thickness in laminar flow varies as**

a) x

b) x

c) x

d) x/7

**Answer: a**

**61. Stanton diagram is a**

a) log-log plot of friction factor against Reynolds number

b) log-log plot of relative roughness against Reynolds number

c) semi-log plot of friction factor against Reynolds number

d) semi-log plot of friction factor against relative roughness

**Answer: a**

**62. The depth ‘d’ below the free surface at which the point velocity is equal to the average velocity of flow for a uniform laminar flow with a free surface, will be**

a) 0.423 D

b) 0.577 D

c) 0.223 D

d) 0.707 D

where D is the depth of flow.

**Answer: b**

**63. The boundary layer thickness in turbulent flow varies as**

a) x”7

b) x,/2

c) x4/5

d) x3/5

where x is the distance from leading edge.

**Answer: c**

**64. The distance y from pipe boundary, at which the point velocity is equal to average velocity for turbulent flow, is**

a) 0.223 R

b) 0.423 R

c) 0.577 R

d) 0.707 R

where R is radius of pipe.

**Answer: a**

**65. If a sphere of diameter 1 cm falls in castor oil of kinematic viscosity 10 stokes, with a terminal velocity of 1.5 cm/sec, the coefficient of drag on the sphere is**

a) less than 1

b) between 1 and 100

c) 160

d) 200

**Answer: c**

**66. In case of an airfoil, the separation of flow occurs**

a) at the extreme rear of body

b) at the extreme front of body

c) midway between rear and front of body

d) any where between rear and front of body depending upon Reynolds number

**Answer: a**

**67. When an ideal fluid flows past a sphere,**

a) highest intensity of pressure occurs around the circumference at right angles to flow

b) lowest pressure intensity occurs at front stagnation point

c) lowest pressure intensity occurs at rear stagnation point

d) total drag is zero

**Answer: d**

**68. With the same cross-sectional area and immersed in same turbulent flow, the largest total drag will be on**

a) a circular disc of plate held normal to flow

b) a sphere

c) a cylinder

d) a streamlined body

**Answer: a**

**69. In which of the following the friction drag is generally larger than pressure drag?**

a) a circular disc or plate held normally to flow

b) a sphere

c) a cylinder

d) an airfoil

**Answer: d**

**70. For hydro-dynamically smooth boundary, the friction coefficient for turbulent flow is**

a) constant

b) dependent only on Reynolds number

c) a function of Reynolds number and relative roughness

d) dependent on relative roughness only

**Answer: b**

**71. The value of friction factor ‘f’ for smooth pipes for Reynolds number 106 is approximately equal to**

a) 0.1

b) 0.01

c) 0.001

d) 0.0001

**Answer: b**

**72. For laminar flow in a pipe of circular cross-section, Darcy’s friction factor f is**

a) directly proportional to Reynolds number and independent of pipe wall roughness

b) directly proportional to pipe wall roughness and independent of Reynolds number

c) inversely proportional to Reynolds number and independent of pipe wall roughness

d) inversely proportional to Reynolds number and directly proportional to pipe wall roughness

**Answer: c**

**73. Separation of flow occurs when**

a) the pressure intensity reaches a minimum

b) the cross-section of a channel is reduced

c) the boundary layer comes to rest

d) all of the above

**Answer: c**

**74. The ratio of average velocity to maximum velocity for steady laminar flow in circular pipes is**

a) 1/2

b) 2/3

c) 3/2

d) 2

**Answer: a**

**75. The distance from pipe boundary, at which the turbulent shear stress is one-third die wall shear stress, is**

a) 1/3 R

b) 1/2 R

c) 2/3 R

d) 3/4R

where R is the radius of pipe.

**Answer: a**

**76. The discharge of a liquid of kinematic viscosity 4 cm2/sec through a 8 cm dia-meter pipe is 3200n cm7sec. The type of flow expected is**

a) laminar flow

b) transition flow

c) turbulent flow

d) not predictable from the given data

**Answer: a**

**77. The Prartdtl mixing length is**

a) zero at the pipe wall

b) maximum at the pipe wall

c) independent of shear stress

d) none of the above

**Answer: a**

**78. The velocity distribution for laminar flow through a circular tube**

a) is constant over the cross-section

b) varies linearly from zero at walls to maximum at centre

c) varies parabolically with maximum at the centre

d) none of the above

**Answer: c**

**79. A fluid of kinematic viscosity 0.4 cm2/sec flows through a 8 cm diameter pipe. The maximum velocity for laminar flow will be**

a) less than 1 m/sec

b) 1 m/sec

c) 1.5 m/sec

d) 2 m/sec

**Answer: b**

**80. The losses are more in**

a) laminar flow

b) transition flow

c) turbulent flow

d) critical flow

**Answer: c**

**81. The wake**

a) always occurs before a separation point

b) always occurs after a separation point

c) is a region of high-pressure intensity

d) none of the above

**Answer: b**

**82. The maximum thickness of boundary layer in a pipe of radius r is**

a) 0

b) r/2

c) r

d) 2r

**Answer: c**

**83. The hydraulic grade line is**

a) always above the centre line of pipe

b) never above the energy grade line

c) always sloping downward in the direction of flow

d) all of the above

**Answer: b**

**84. Two pipe systems are said to be equivalent when**

a) head loss and discharge are same in two systems

b) length of pipe and discharge are same in two systems

c) friction factor and length are same in two systems

d) length and diameter are same in two systems

**Answer: a**

**85. In series-pipe problems**

a) the head loss is same through each pipe

b) the discharge is same through each pipe

c) a trial solution is not necessary

d) the discharge through each pipe is added to obtain total discharge

**Answer: b**

**86. Select the correct statement.**

a) The absolute roughness of a pipe de-creases with time.

b) A pipe becomes smooth after using for long time.

c) The friction factor decreases with time.

d) The absolute roughness increases with time.

**Answer: d**

**87. A valve is suddenly closed in a water main in wl.ich the velocity is 1 m/sec and velocity of pressure wave is 981 m/ sec. The inertia head at the valve will be**

a) 1 m

b) 10m

c) 100m

d) none of the above

**Answer: c**

**88. The speed of a pressure wave through a pipe depends upon**

a) the length of pipe

b) the viscosity of fluid

c) the bulk modulus for the fluid

d) the original head

**Answer: c**

**89. When time of closure tc = L/v0 (where L is length of pipe and v0 is speed of pressure wave), the portion of pipe length subjected to maximum head is**

a) L/4

b) L/3

c) L/2

d) L

**Answer: a**

**90. If the elevation of hydraulic grade line at the junction of three pipes is above the elevation of reservoirs B and C and below reservoir A, then the direction of flow will be**

a) from reservoir A to reservoirs B and C

b) from reservoir B to reservoirs C and A

c) from reservoir C to reservoirs A and B

d) unpredictable

**Answer: c**

**91. The length of a pipe is 1 km and its diameter is 20 cm. If the diameter of an equivalent pipe is 40 cm, then its length is**

a) 32 km

b) 20 km

c) 8 km

d) 4 km

**Answer: a**

**92. Two pipes of same length and diameters d and 2d respectively are connected in series. The diameter of an equivalent pipe of same length is**

a) less than d

b) between d and 1.5 d

c) between 1.5 d and 2d

d) greater than 2d

**Answer: a**

**93. The horse power transmitted through a pipe is maximum when the ratio of loss of head due to friction and total head supplied is**

a) 1/3

b) 1/4

c) 1/2

d) 2/3

**Answer: a**

**94. The boundary layer thickness at a distance of l m from the leading edge of a flat plate, kept at zero angle of incidence to the flow direction, is O.l cm. The velocity outside the boundary layer is 25 ml sec.**

The boundary layer thickness at a distance of 4 m is

a) 0.40 cm

b) 0.20 cm

c) 0.10 cm

d) 0.05 cm

Assume that boundary layer is entirely laminar.

**Answer: b**

**95. Drag force is a function of**

i) projected area of the body

ii) mass density of the fluid

iii) velocity of the body

The correct answer is

a) (i) and (ii)

b) (i) and (iii)

c) (ii) and (iii)

d) (i), (ii) and (iii)

**Answer: d**

**96. The correct relationship among displacement thickness d, momentum thickness m and energy thickness e is**

a) d > m > e

b) d > e > m

c) e > m > d

d) e > d > m

**Answer: d**

**97. For laminar flow in circular pipes, Darcy’s friction factor f is equal to**

a) 16/Re

b) 32/ Re

c) 64/ Re

d) none of the above where R,, is Reynolds number.

**Answer: c**

**100. Surge wave in a rectangular channel is an example of**

i) steady flow

ii) unsteady flow

iii) uniform flow

iv) non-uniform flow

The correct answer is

a) (i) and (iii)

b) (ii) and (iii)

c) (i) and (:v)

d) (ii) and (iv)

**Answer: d**

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