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GROUP NAME: Charlie and the Charlie’s Angels DATE: July 19, 2010

NAME: Mujette G. Godmalin Instructor’s Signature:_______




 To determine the flow of water and the coefficient of discharge in a triangular

 To determine the relationship between the head H of the weir and the discharge
of water over the weir.


 Water Source ● Stopwatch ● Container

 Water Tank ● Meter Stick ● Hook Gage


A weir is a notch of regular form through which water may flow. It serves as a
barrier for the flow of water in an open channel. The edge or surface over which the
water flows is called the crest. In open channel hydraulics, weirs are commonly used to
either regulate or to measure the volumetric flow rate. They are of particular use in large
scale situations such as irrigation schemes, canals and rivers. Weirs can be made with
plywood or with l-inch boards and 2 x 4’s. The reliability of weir measurements is
affected by construction and installation, but when properly constructed and installed,
weirs are one of the simplest and most accurate methods of measuring water flow. In
fact, hydrologists and engineers treat this as a simple method of measuring the rate of
fluid flow in small to medium-sized streams, or in industrial discharge locations.
There are different types of weir. It may be a simple metal plate with a V-notch
cut into it, or it may be a concrete and steel structure across the bed of a river. Common
weir constructions are the rectangular weir, the triangular or v-notch weir, and the
broad-crested weir. Weirs are called sharp-crested if their crests are constructed of thin
metal plates, and broad-crested if they are made of wide timber or concrete. A weir
which causes a large change of water level behind it, compared to the error inherent in
the depth measurement method, will give an accurate indication of the flow rate.
The triangular notch has advantages over the rectangular notch since the shape
of the nappe does not change with head so that the coefficient of discharge does not
vary so much. A triangular notch can also accommodate a wide range of flow rates.
The V-notch functions to control the flow of the water out of the basin. Stream
water passes between the concrete "wings", through the flume and ponds in the
concrete basin. Water flows out through a steel V-shaped notch situated in the basin's
downstream wall. The V-notch controls the flow of water out of the ponding basin and
the more water there is coming down the stream, the higher it will rise in the basin and
V-notch as it spills over. Therefore, the amount of water flowing out of the watershed
can be measured by recording the height of the water in the basin, and translating this
height to a flow rate in cubic feet per second or liters per second. Mathematical
functions are available which relate the height of the water in the basin to the flow rate.



12.5 cm Note: tan (θ/2) = 6.25/11.7

Θ H 11.7 cm Therefore, θ = 56.221°


1. Take note of the initial reading on the wall of the water tank.
2. Set the stopwatch to zero.
3. Open the main valve.
4. Run the pump until the level of the water is just above the level of the weir crest.
5. Determine the head on the weir using the hook gage by measuring the distance
between the crest of the weir and the liquid surface. To set point of the hook in
the liquid surface, it is first placed below the surface and then released until a
small pimple just appears; its point is accurately at the same elevation as the
liquid surface. From the graduated scale and the vernier on the hook gage shaft,
the surface elevation of liquid is read.
6. Let the water flow out into the container. The time it takes the water to reach a
certain level in the container is determined with the aid of the stopwatch.
7. Measure the actual discharge collected in the container.
8. After five observations, close the main valve.


Temperature: 30 °C, 29°C

Density: 9.95774 x 10-4 kg/cm3 @ 31 °C
9.96091 x 10-4 kg/cm3 @ 29 °C

No. of Runs 1 2 3

Duration of Run, sec. 5.31 6.03 9.53

Hook Gage ave. reading, cm. 26 25.1 22.6

Hook Gage, zero reading, cm. 16 16 16

Head on weir, cm. 10 9.1 6.6

Temperature of water, °C 30 29 30

Water over weir, Volume of water collected in container,

13,600 11,200 8,375

Net water, Kg 13.542 11,200 8.337

Actual volumetric flow rate, cm3/sec 2561.2 1857.4 878.8

Theoretical volumetric flow rate, cm3/sec 2740.0 2199.1 667.5

Average coefficient of discharge 0.69746


The discharge over the triangular weir is given by the following formula:
Q = C 4/15 √ (2g) L H3/4 OR Q = C 8/15 √ (2g) tan (Θ/2) H5/2

Q = discharge over the triangular weir
C = coefficient of discharge
Θ = angle of opening of the triangular weir
H = Head of the weir
g = pull of gravity
L = horizontal length of liquid surface over the weir

a.) Finding kg. net water:

Density of water @ 30 °C is 9.95774 x 10-4 kg/cm3

Net water = volume collected x density

For Run 1,
Net water = 13,600 cm3 x (9.95774 x 10−4kg/cm3)

Net water=13.542 kg.

b.) Finding actual volumetric flow:

Actual volumetric flow= water collected in container,cm3
average time, s
For Run 1,
Actual volumetric flow= 13,600 cm3
5.31 sec

Actual volumetric flow = 2561.2 cm3/sec

c.) Finding coefficient of discharge and theoretical volumetric flow:

From the plot of the graph of the log of the flowrate, Q, on the y-axis versus the
log of the water height, H, on the x-axis, the slope and the y – intercept can be obtained.
The best fit equation in the form,

y = nx + b
y=2.511 x+0.880
Where = slope.

Plug in value of slope in the empirical equation,

Q=k x Hn
Q=k x H2.511

Where b is the y – intercept from the plot equal to 0.880, hence,

Q=k x Hn
Q=k x H2.511


Equating the empirical and theoretical equations,

Since 2.511 ≈ 5/2

Solving for C, we get:

C = 0.69746

Substitute calculated value for Cd. For , use 980.665 cm/s2,

For g, use 980.665 cm/s2.

For Run 1:

Q = 2782.804

Calculations for other runs.

PROBLEM: Plot H vs Qa. Discuss.

Run No. Weir Head , H Vol. Flow Rate, Q logH logQ

1 10 2561.2 1.00000 3.408
2 9.1 1857.4 0.95904 3.269
3 6.6 878.8 0.81954 2.944

Figure I. Plot of Qa vs. H

The flow of water and the coefficient of discharge in an approx. 60° (as measured
and calculated) triangular notch weir were determined during the experiment. The
calculated coefficient of discharge is 0.69746.
During the experiment, a smooth flow of the fluid was favored before measuring the
head on weir. It was due to the assumption that the distribution of velocities in approach flow
has a definite influence on the discharge over the weir. As the valve loosened, the head
increased. This increase resulted in the change of the fluid flow. From 6.6 to 10 cm head, the
water discharged also changed from 8.337 to 13.542 kg. Thus, an increase in the head causes
an increase in the discharge.
Volumetric flowrate averaging to 2561.2 cm3/sec was calculated reflecting the
manner of fluid flow. Temperature reading ranging from 29° to 30°C was also obtained.
Variation of the temperature was too small that there were no observed effects of it in
the fluid flow.


The smooth flow to and over the weir is essential to the determination of accurate
rates of flow since the distribution of velocities in the approach flow has a definite
influence on the discharge over the weir. Kinetic energy correction factor can account
for the variation in the approach velocity. The value of the coefficient of discharge
depends on the degree of non uniformity of the approach velocity distribution.
It was also noted that the head affects the flow of water. The relationship
between the head of the weir and the discharge of the water over the weir is directly
Aside from the velocity and the head, temperature variations influence the fluid
properties like viscosity and surface tension. The variations in these fluid properties in
turn will influence the discharge over the weir. However, the effect of small temperature
variations on the water flow over weirs is negligible.
Moreover, geometry of the weir will also affect the flow of water as discussed in
literatures but comparison is not covered since triangular notch is the only one used in
the experiment.

Raw Data
Hook Gage Trial 1 Trial 2 Trial 3 Trial 4
Volume of water 3450 3300 3450 3400
Duration 1.47 1.37 1.16 1.31
Volume of water 2700 2750 2850 2900
Duration 1.47 1.59 1.50 1.47
Volume of water 1400 2600 2250 2125
Duration 1.43 2.94 2.66 2.50


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