EXPIREMENT

NO # 2

Determination of velocity & discharge using floats

APPARATUS:

1)

Tape Measure

2)

Stop-Watch (cell phones often have a timer)

3)

Meter

stick TO Measure Depth (Tape Measures are more Difficult to use)

4)

Buoyant objects such as orange

THEORY:

If a Flow Meter is not Available or Rough Estimate is enough so we can use

the float to measure the flow. The float can be any light object such as pine

cone or an orange or partially filled plastic water bottle.

The basic idea is to Measure the time that it takes a floating object to

travel a specified distance downstream. We measure the flow of stream. Flow is

important because define the shape, size and direction of the stream.

Measure the distance up to 50 feet along the bank string the rope at the

both ends.

1.

Using the total stream calculate the cross

sectional area of the stream at the both end. To find the total stream width

and the average depth.

Total Width (feet)* Average depth (feet) = area in feet.

2.

Throw The Float From Upstream Direction. Get a

stop watch to record the time it takes to reach the downstream. If the float

moves too fast so record the data 75 or 100 instead of 50 feet. Repeat this

process two more times for a total of three measurements.

3.

Now in this step we will calculate the velocity the

distance covered by float divided by the average amount of time it took to

covered the distance. If the distance is

50 feet and the time taken by orange 100 seconds so get the velocity is 0.5

feet/sec.

50 feet/100sec=0.5sec.

4.

Calculate the mid-depth velocity by multiplying

the surface velocity by 0.85.

0.5×0.85=0.43ft/sec.

5. Now calculate the discharge in cubic feet per

second (cfs) & multiplying the

Velocity (ft/sec) by the cross-sectional

area (ft) of the stream.

0.43ft/secx10.73ft=4.62cfs.

USING A STAFF GUAGE

A staff guage is a long ruler placed semi-permanently in a stream or

lake used to measure the water depth. Stream guage are the most common &

useful measure and therefore emphasized here. We can also place the staff guage

in a lake to monitor changes in lake water level.