APPLICATION OF THE LAWS OF HYDROSTATICS
balloons of paper, which are then filled by the hot air rising from a
samovar or a lamp. Many readers will undoubtedly recall the
circumstances attending the launching of such a balloon; the
hot air enters the balloon, expanding its envelope, and the balloon
tends to fly. This would not happen if the pressure in the balloon
were not higher than the atmospheric pressure.
The question of this hydrostatic pressure, existing in all
enclosures filled with a gas which is hot and for that reason lighter
than air, is the basic one of the hydraulic theory of reverberatory
furnaces. It is therefore desirable to give another example which
occurs in daily life.
In a building piped for both gas and water it is very evident
that the hydrostatic pressure of the water will be greater upon
the lower floors than it will be upon the upper floors. Will it be
the same for the gas? If, for example, the gas upon one floor has
a pressure of 25 mm of water, what will be the gas pressure 10 m
Assume that at the stopcock R (Fig.
12) the gas pressure is equal to that of the
atmosphere. The pressure of the column
of air per unit of surface, which is equal
to (1.29 X10) kg, will be held in equilibrium
by the weight of the column of gas 10 m L
in height, increased by the hydrostatic
pressure 6 of the gas; the weight of a cubic
meter of the gas is equal to 1.29X0.4, from
1.29X10 = 1.29X0.4X10+6,
d = 7 kg 74 per square meter.
But the pressure of the gas at the point
R is not only equal to the atmospheric
pressure, but exceeds it by 25 mm.
It is therefore necessary to add to both sides of the equation
+25 mm. It follows that the gas pressure at the point B (since
1 kg per square meter is equivalent to 1 mm of water) may be
expressed as follows:
5+25 = 32 mm 74,
that is to say, the pressure of the gas at the higher floors of the