Chapter2 : Fluid Statics
Lecture 5 :

Explanation GM=BM-BG

For equilibrium

Due to symmetry of the situation, displaced volume remains unaltered and hence the buoyancy force


For couple calculation, can be equivalently taken as a sum of

  1.   (upward) due to added volume of fluid RQQ'
  2.   (downward) due to decreased volume RPP'

Let DC be the couple due to these forces. Taking an element of area dA on the surface RQQ' at a distance x from the center line (as shown in fig (c) ). Corresponding volume element is x DθdA and the buoyant force is ρgxDθ dA. This produces the couple 2ρgx DθdA (due to symmetrically located element on RP' )

Therefore, Integrating    

Now we have    where r is moment arm of   about B.


Now from fig (d) ;


This is the metacentric height


A hollow cylinder open at both ends has an internal diameter of 20cm, a wall thickness of 10 cm, and a length of 80cm. Given that the weight of the cylinder is 60kgf, comment on the stability of the cylinder.

Let 'h' be the depth of submersion, then displaced volume will be

Assuming density of water to be 1000 kg/m3 , for equilibrium of the cylinder

Weight of the cylinder = weight of the displaced water


Therefore Metacentric Height,

Therefore, MG<0  implies Cylinder is unstable



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