chapter  2
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Hydrostatics - water at rest

Hydrostatics is the study of water that is not moving, i.e. it is at rest. It is important to civil engineers for the design of water storage tanks and dams. What are the forces created by water and how strong must a tank or a dam be to resist them? It is also important to naval architects who design ships and submarines. How deep can a submarine go before the pressures become too great and damage it? The answers to these questions can be found from studying hydrostatics. The theory is quite simple both in concept and in use. It is also a well established theory that was set down by Archimedes over 2000 years ago and is still used in much the same way today.