How to Calculate and Solve for Fluid Potential, Pressure, Datum Level and Density | The Calculator Encyclopedia

The image above represents the fluid potential.

To compute for the fluid potential, three essential parameters are needed and these parameters are pressure (P), Datum Levels (ΔZ) and Density (ρ).

The formula for calculating fluid potential:

φ = P – [ρ / 144]ΔZ

Where;
φ = Fluid Potential
P = Pressure
ΔZ = Datum Levels
ρ = Density

Let’s solve an example;
Find the fluid potential when the pressure is 24 with a datum level of 18 and the density of 30.

This implies that;
P = Pressure = 24
ΔZ = Datum Levels = 18
ρ = Density = 30

φ = P – [ρ / 144]ΔZ
φ = 24 – [30/144] 18
φ = 24 – [0.2083] 18
φ = 24 – 3.75
φ = 20.25

Therefore, the fluid potential is 20.25.

Calculating the Pressure(P) when the fluid potential, Datum levels and Density is Given.

P = φ – [ρ / 144]ΔZ

Where;
P = Pressure
φ = Fluid Potential
ΔZ = Datum Levels
ρ = Density

Lets solve an example;
Find the pressure with a fluid potential of 40 and a datum levels of 18 with density of 24.

This implies that;
φ = Fluid Potential = 40
ΔZ = Datum Levels = 18
ρ = Density = 24

P = φ – [ρ / 144]ΔZ
P = 40 – [24 / 144]18
P = 40 – [0.167]18
P = 40 – 3
P = 37

Therefore, the pressure is 37.