**Pipes And Cisterns**

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**Pipes And Cisterns**

**Pipes And Cisterns Concept**

**Inlet:** A pipe which is used to fill up the tank, cistern or reservoir is known as ‘Inlet’. This type of nature indicates ‘plus’ or ‘positive type’ of work done.

**Outlet:** A pipe which is used to empty the tank, cistern or reservoir is known as ‘Outlet’. This type of nature indicates ‘minus’ or ‘negative type’ type of work done.

**Pipes And Cisterns – Basic Formulas**

1. If a pipe can fill a tank in x hours, part filled in 1 hour = 1/x.

2. If a pipe can fill a tank in x hours and another pipe in y hours, part of tank filled in 1 hour when both the pipes are opened simultaneously = (1/x + 1/y) = ( x+y)/xy

∴ Time taken to fill the tank by both the pipes when opened simultaneously = xy/(x+y)

3. If a pipe can empty a tank in “y” hours, then tank emptied in 1 hour = 1/y

4. If a pipe can empty a tank in y hours and another pipe in x hours, part of tank emptied in 1 hour when both the pipes are opened simultaneously = (1/x + 1/y) = (x+y)/xy

∴Time taken to empty the tank by both the pipes when opened simultaneously = xy/(x+y)

5. If a pipe can fill a tank in x hours and another pipe can empty the full tank in y hours (where y > x), then on opening both the pipes, the net part filled in 1 hour = 1/x – 1/y = (y – x)/xy

∴When both the pipes are opened simultaneously, time taken to fill the tank fully = xy/(y – x) hours.

6. If a pipe can fill a tank in x hours and another pipe can empty the full tank in y hours (where x > y), then on opening both the pipes, the net part emptied in 1 hour = 1/y – 1/x = (x – y)/xy

∴ When both the pipes are open simultaneously, time taken to empty the tank fully = xy/(x – y) hours.

**Some Pipes and Cisterns Solved Example**

**Q 1 –** Two pipes A and B can fill a tank in 24 hours and 30 hours separately. In the event that both the channel are opened all the while in the void tank, the amount of the truth will surface eventually taken by them to fill it?

- 12 hrs 10 min
- 13 hrs 20 min
- 12 hrs 20 min
- 11 hrs 20 min

**Answer – Option 2**

Explanation:Part filled by A in 1 hour = 1/24, part filled by B in 1 hour = 1/30 Part filled by (A+B) in 1 hour = (1/24+ 1/30) = 9/120 = 3/40 Time taken by both to fill the tank = 40/3 hrs = 13 hrs 20 min. |

**Q 2 –** A funnel can fill a tank in 15 hours .because of a hole in the bottom; it is filled in 20 hours. On the off chance that the tank is full, what amount of the reality of the situation will become obvious eventually break take to discharge it?

- 40 hours
- 50 hours
- 60 hours
- 70 hours

**Answer – Option 3**

Explanation:Work done by the break in 1 hour = (1/15-1/20) = 1/60 Time taken by the break to discharge it = 60 hours |

**Q 3 –** Funnels A and B can fill a tank in 6 hours and 9 hours individually and channel C can purge it in 12 hours. On the off chance that every one of the funnels is opened together in the vacant tank in what amount of the reality of the situation will become obvious eventually be full?

- 39/7 hrs
- 36/7 hrs
- 38/7 hrs
- 34/7 hrs

**Answer – Option 2**

Explanation:Net part filled in 1 hour = (1/6+1/9+1/12) = 7/36 Thus, the tank will be full in 36/7 hrs. |

**Q 4 –** Two Pipes A and B can fill a tank in 24 minutes and 32 minutes separately. On the off chance that both the channel opened together, after the amount of time B ought to be shut so that the tank is full in 18 minute?

- 10 min
- 8 min
- 12 min
- 15 min

**Answer – Option 2**

Explanation:Let B be shut after x minutes. At that point, (part filled by (A+B) in x min.) + {part filled by A in (18-x) min} = 1 ∴ x (1/24+ 1/32) + (18-X)*1/24 = 1 => 7x/96 + (18-x)/24 =1 => 7x+4(18-x) = 96 => 3x= 24 => x = 8 Subsequently, B ought to be shut after 8 min. |

**Q 5 –** Two Pipes A and B can fill a tank in 1 hour and 75 minutes separately. There is likewise an outlet C. On the off chance that all the three funnels are opened together, the tank is full in 50 minutes. What amount of the reality of the situation will become obvious eventually taken by C to purge the full tank?

- 20 minutes
- 50 minutes
- 100 minutes
- 80 minutes

**Answer – Option 3**

Explanation:Work done by C in 1 min. = (1/60 +1/75-1/50) = 3/300 = 1/100 Thus, C can discharge the full tank in 100 minutes. |

** ****Pipes And Cisterns Short Tricks**

1) If two pipes take ‘x’ & ‘y’ hrs respectively to fill the tank and the third pipe takes ‘z’ hrs to empty the tank and all of them are opened together, then

The net part filled in 1hr = | 1 | + | 1 | – | 1 |

x | y | z |

Hence,

The time taken to fill the tank = | 1 |

(1/x) + (1/y) + (1/z) |

2) Consider a pipe fills the tank in ‘x’ hrs. If there is a leakage in the bottom, the tank is filled in ‘y’ hrs.

If the tank is full, the time taken by the leak to empty the tank = | 1 | hrs | |||

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3) Suppose that pipe ‘A’ fills the tank as fast as the other pipe ‘B’. If pipe ‘B’ (slower) & pipe ‘A’ (faster) take ‘x’ min & ‘x/n’ min respectively to fill up an empty tank together, then

Part of the tank filled in 1 hr = | n + 1 |

x |

** ****Pipes And Cisterns Problems With Solutions**

**Ques1:** Two pipes A and B can fill a tank in 15 minutes and 20 minutes respectively. Both the pipes are opened together but after 4 minutes, pipe A is turned off. What is the total time required to fill the tank?

A) 10 min. 20 sec.

B) 11 min. 45 sec.

C) 12 min. 30 sec.

D) 14 min. 40 sec.

**Answer: D) 14 min. 40 sec. **

Explanation:Part filled in 4 minutes =4(1/15+1/20) = 7/15 Remaining part =(1-7/15) = 8/15 Part filled by B in 1 minute =1/20 : 8/15 :: 1:x x = (8/15*1*20) = 1023min = 10min 40sec The tank will be full in (4 min. + 10 min. + 40 sec.) = 14 min. 40 sec |

** ****Ques2:** A water tank is two-fifth full.Pipe A can fill a tank in 10 minutes and pipe B can empty it in 6 minutes.If both the pipes are open,how long will it take to empty or fill the tank completely?

A) 6 min.to empty

B) 6 min.to fill

C) 9 min.to empty

D) 9 min.to fill

**Answer: A) 6 min.to empty **

Explanation:Clearly, pipe B is faster than pipe A and so,the tank will be emptied. part to be emptied = 2/5 part emptied by (A+B) in 1 minute=16-110=115 115:25::1:x 25*15= 6 mins so, the tank will be emptied in 6 min |

**Ques3: **A tap can fill a tank in 6 hours. After half the tank is filled, three more similar taps are opened. What is the total time taken to fill the tank completely?

A) 3 hrs 15 min

B) 3 hrs 45 min

C) 4 hrs 15 min

D) 4 hrs 1

**Answer: B) 3 hrs 45 min **

Explanation:Time taken by one tap to fill half of the tank = 3 hrs. Part filled by the four taps in 1 hour =4*1/6 =2/3 Remaining part =1-12=12 23:12::1:x => x = 12*1*32=34 So, total time taken = 3 hrs. 45 mins. |

**Ques4: **A pump can fill a tank with water in 2 hours. Because of a leak, it took 213 hours to fill the tank. The leak can drain all the water of the tank in:

A) 7 hours

B) 8 hours

C) 12 hours

D) 14 hours

**Answer: D) 14 hours **

Explanation:If the total area of pump=1 part The pumop take 2 hrs to fill 1 part The pumop take1 hour to fill 1/2 portion Due to lickage The pumop take 7/3 hrs to fill 1 part The pumop take1 hour to fill 3/7 portion Now the difference of area = (1/2-3/7)=1/14 This 1/14 part of water drains in 1 hour Total area=1 part of water drains in (1×14/1)hours= 14 hours So the leak can drain all the water of the tank in 14 hours. Leak will empty the tank in 14 hrs |

**Ques5: **A cistern is normally filled in 8 hours but takes two hours longer to fill because of a leak in its bottom. If the cistern is full, the leak will empty it in ?

A) 20 hrs

B) 28 hrs

C) 36 hrs

D) 40 hrs

**Answer: A) 20 hrs **

Explanation:1/8 – 1/x = 1/10 => x = 40 hrs |

**Ques6: **Three pipes A, B and C can fill a tank in 6 hours. After working at it together for 2 hours, C is closed and A and B can fill the remaining part in 7 hours. The number of hours taken by C alone to fill the tank is:

A) 10

B) 12

C) 14

D) 16

**Answer: C) 14 **

Explanation:Part filled in 2 hours = 2/6=1/3 Remaining part =1-13=23 (A + B)’s 7 hour’s work = 2/3 (A + B)’s 1 hour’s work = 2/21 C’s 1 hour’s work = { (A + B + C)’s 1 hour’s work } – { (A + B)’s 1 hour’s work } =1/6-2/21 = 1/14 C alone can fill the tank in 14 hours. |

**Ques7: **Three taps A, B and C can fill a tank in 12,15 and 20 hours respectively. If A is open all the time and B, C are open for one hour each alternatively, the tank will be full in:

A) 6 hrs

B) 20/3 hrs

C) 7 hrs

D) 15/2 hrs

**Answer: C) 7 hrs **

Explanation:A+B’s 1 hour work=112+115=960=320 A+C’s 1 hour work=112+120=860=215 Part filled in 2 hrs=320+215=1760 Part filled in 6 hrs=3*1760=1720 Remaining part =1-1720=320 Now, it is the turn of A and B (3/20) part is filled by A and B in 1 hour. Therefore, Total time taken to fill the tank =(6+1)hrs= 7 hrs |

**Ques8:** Two pipes can fill a tank in 20 and 24 minutes respectively and a waste pipe can empty 3 gallons per minute. All the three pipes working together can fill the tank in 15 minutes. The capacity of the tank is:

A) 60 gallons

B) 100 gallons

C) 120 gallons

D) 180 gallons

**Answer: C) 120 gallons **

Explanation:Work done by the waste pipe in 1 minute =115-120+124=115-11120 = -140 [-ve sign means emptying] Volume of 140 part = 3 gallons Volume of whole = (3 x 40) gallons = 120 gallons. |

** ****Ques9:** A booster pump can be used for filling as well as for emptying a tank. The capacity of the tank is 2400 m^{3}. The emptying capacity of the tank is 10 m^{3} per minute higher than its filling capacity and the pump needs 8 minutes lesser to empty the tank than it needs to fill it. What is the filling capacity of the pump?

A) 50 m^3/min

B) 60 m^3/min

C) 72 m^3/min

D) None of these

**Answer: A) 50 m^3/min **

Explanation:Let the filling capacity of the pump be x m Then, emptying capacity of the pump=(x+10)m so,2400/x−2400/x+10=8 ⇔x ⇒(x−50)+(x+60)=0 ⇔x=50 |

**Ques10: **Taps X and Y can fill a tank in 30 and 40 minutes respectively. Tap Z can empty the filled tank in 60 minutes. If all the three taps are kept open for one minute each, how much time will the taps take to fill the tank?

A) 48min

B) 72min

C) 24min

D) None of these

**Answer: C) 24min **

Explanation:Given taps X and Y can fill the tank in 30 and 40 minutes respectively. Therefore, part filled by tap X in 1 minute = 1/30 part filled by tap Y in 1 minute = 1/40 Tap Z can empty the tank in 60 minutes. Therefore, part emptied by tap Z in 1 minute = 1/60 Net part filled by Pipes X,Y,Z together in 1 minute = [1/30 +1/40 – 1/60] = 5/120 = 1/24 i.e., the tank can be filled in 24 minutes. |

**Ques11: **12 buckets of water fill a tank when the capacity of each tank is 13.5 liters. How many buckets will be needed to fill the same tank,if the capacity of each bucket is 9 liters?

A) 8

B) 15

C) 16

D) 18

**Answer: D) 18 **

Explanation:Capacity of the tank =(12 x 13.5) liters =162 liters. Capacity of each bucket =9 liters Number of buckets needed = 162/9 =18. |

**Ques12: **A large tanker can be filled by two pipes A and B in 60 and 40 minutes respectively. How many minutes will it take to fill the tanker from empty state if B is used for half the time and A and B fill it together for the other half ?

A) 31 min

B) 29 min

C) 28 min

D) 30 min

**Answer: D) 30 min **

Explanation:Part filled by (A + B) in 1 minute = (1/60 + 1/40) = 1/24 Suppose the tank is filled in x minutes. Then, x/2(1/24 + 1/40) = 1 (x/2) * (1/15) = 1 => x = 30 min. |

**Ques13:** One pipe can fill a tank three times as fast as another pipe. If together the two pipes can fill the tank in 36 min, then the slower alone will be able to fill the tank in:

A) 81 min

B) 108 min

C) 144 min

D) 192 min

**Answer: C) 144 min **

Explanation:Let the slower pipe alone fill the tank in x minutes. Then, faster pipe will fill it in x/3 minutes. =>1/x+3/x=1/36 =>4/x=1/36 =>x=144mins |

**Ques14: **A cistern has a leak which would empty the cistern in 20 minutes. A tap is turned on which admits 4 liters a minute into the cistern, and it is emptied in 24 minutes. How many liters does the cistern hold ?

A) 360 lit

B) 480 lit

C) 320 lit

D) 420 lit

**Answer: B) 480 lit **

Explanation:1/k – 1/20 = -1/24 k = 120 120 x 4 = 480 Therefore, the capacity of the cistern is 480 liters. |

**Ques15: **Two pipes A and B can separately fill a cistern in 10 and 15 minutes respectively. A person opens both the pipes together when the cistern should have been was full he finds the waste pipe open. He then closes the waste pipe and in another 3 minutes the cistern was full. In what time can the waste pipe empty the cistern when fill?

A) 8.21 min

B) 8 min

C) 8.57 min

D) 8.49 min

**Answer: C) 8.57 min **

Explanation:1/10 + 1/15 = 1/6 x 3 = 1/2 1 – 1/2 = 1/2 1/10 + 1/15 – 1/x = 1/2 x = 8.57 min |

**Ques16:** Pipe A can fill a tank in 16 minutes and pipe B cam empty it in 24 minutes. If both the pipes are opened together after how many minutes should pipe B be closed, so that the tank is filled in 30 minutes ?

A) 21 min

B) 24 min

C) 20 min

D) 22 min

**Answer: A) 21 min **

Explanation:Let the pipe B be closed after ‘K’ minutes. 30/16 – K/24 = 1 => K/24 = 30/16 – 1 = 14/16 => K = 14/16 x 24 = 21 min. |

**Ques17:** In what time would a cistern be filled by three pipes which diameters are 2 cm, 3 cm and 4 cm running together, when the largest alone can fill it is 58 minutes? The amount of water flowing in each pipe is proportional to the square of its diameter.

A) 26 min

B) 32 min

C) 36 min

D) 42 min

** Answer: B) 32 min **

Explanation:Given that the diameters of the three pipes are 2 cm, 3 cm and 4 cm From the given data, Amount of water from three pipes is 4 units, 9 units and 16 units. Let the capacity of cistern be ‘p’ units. ∴ p/58 = 16 ⇒ p = 928 units. In 1 minute, quantity to be filled by 3 pipes = 29 units ∴ Total time required = 928/29 = 32 minutes. |

** ****Ques18: **One fill pipe A is 3 times faster than second fill pipe B and takes 32 minutes less than the fill pipe B. When will the cistern be full if both pipes are opened together?

A) 6 min

B) 8 min

C) 12 min

D) 10 min

**Answer: C) 12 min **

Explanation:Let pipe A takes p min to fill Then, pipe B takes 3p min to fill => 3p – p = 32 => p = 16 min => 3p = 48 min Required, both pipes to fill = (48 x 16)/(48 + 16) min = 12 min. |

**Ques19:** Water flows into a tank which is 200 m long and 150 m wide, through a pipe of cross-section (0.3m x 0.2m) at 20 km/h. In what time will the water level be 12m ?

A) 200 hrs

B) 240 hrs

C) 300 hrs

D) 270 hrs

**Answer: C) 300 hrs **

Explanation:Volume of water collected in the tank in 1 hour ⇒ (0.3 × 0.2 × 20km × 1000mts) = 1200 m cubic If after t hours, the water is at height of 12m, 1200t=200×150×12 ⇒ t = 300 Hours. |

**Ques20:** Two pipes A and B can fill a tank in 15 min and 20 min respectively. Both the pipes are opened together but after 4 min, pipe A is turned off. What is the total time required to fill the tank ?

A) 15 min 20 sec.

B) 16 min 40 sec.

C) 13 min 10 sec.

D) 14 min 40 sec.

**Answer: D) 14 min 40 sec. **

Explanation:Part filled in 4 minutes = 4(1/15 + 1/20) = 7/15 Remaining part = 1 – 7/15 = 8/15 Part filled by B in 1 minute = 1/20 1/20 : 8/15 :: 1 : k k = (8/15 )x 1 x 20 = 10( 2/3) min = 10 min 40 sec. The tank will be full in (4 min. + 10 min. 40 sec) = 14 min 40 sec. |

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