, Volume 11, Issue 10, pp 28–39 | Cite as

Fluid statics and Archimedes

  • Jaywant H. Arakeri
  • C. Dharuman
General Articles


The equations of fluid statics derive from the fact that in a stationary fluid only normal stress (pressure) is present and tangential stresses are absent. In this article we derive equations for variation of pressure in a static fluid or in one that is moving as a rigid body. Also, we show that surfaces of constant pressure and constant density should coincide. Various types of instabilities related to submerged bodies and multi layerd fluids are briefly discussed.


Fluid statics buoyancy stratification instability 


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    L Prandtl and OG Tietjens,Fundamentals of Hydro- and Aero-Mechanics, Dover Publications, 1957.Google Scholar
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    R K Bansal,Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulic Machines, Laxmi Publications Ltd., Oct. 2000.Google Scholar
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    Jaywant H Arakeri and P N Shankar, Ludwig Prandtl and Boundary Layers in Fluid,Resonance, December, 2000.Google Scholar

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© Indian Academy of Sciences 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringIndian Institute of ScienceBangalore

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