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Drop a spring into the ocean... and other stuff 
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#19
Nov1011, 12:02 PM

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The formulas that you wrote are confusing as the units do not match. What you call a "force" is not, according to the formulas. Pressure times radius is not a force. To find a force you need to consider and infinitesimal area and multiply by the pressure on that area. Then you may calculate the component of the force that is of interest. Now, when you integrate to find the total force over the surface, you need to consider the variation of pressure from element to element. You may start with a simple case, like the hemisphere being oriented with the plane surface horizontal. Anyway, this is just interesting as an exercise. Archimedes' law tells you the force on the hemisphere. You may just want to see that is comes from adding up the pressure forces. 


#20
Nov1011, 12:07 PM

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If the difference is larger than the weight of the hemisphere, it will jump towards the surface. It's called buoyancy. If the difference is less it will just sink to the bottom. The same behavior will be observed no matter the orientation of the hemisphere. The resultant of the pressure forces will be always oriented the same way. 


#21
Nov1011, 09:31 PM

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No, what he is saying is that if there is a net force due to the geometry it will move forever, in which case he is right. And your complaint that my units do not match is silly, I did not multiply by a radius, I multiplied by a length which corresponded to a radius, I can consider the pressure constant since I am working at constant depth.
Additionally the claim by hellboy4444 that the spring will compress under high pressure is slightly misleading I think due to conflicting definitions of compress. To clarify the spring WILL shrink because the cross sectional area of the wire will decrease, however this has nothing to do with the winding of the wire into a spring. 


#22
Nov1011, 09:37 PM

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Bouyancy is a property of the volume of an object and its weight. Shape is utterly irrelevant. 


#23
Nov1111, 06:07 AM

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Nitpick edit:
Bouyancy is a property of the volume of an object and therefore the displaced water's weight. Shape is utterly irrelevant. Whether an object floats or not is not strictly buoyancy, it is due to a resultant force consisting of buoyancy minus the weight of the object. 


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Nov1111, 06:34 AM

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#25
Nov1111, 07:37 AM

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Regarding the units, you claim that the "force" represented by your integral is 2p*R where R is the radius. Multiplying pressure by length is not much better. Still not a force. Maybe your integral have some meaning (that I don't see right now) but it's not a force. And the pressure on the hemispheric surface is not constant, no matter how silly this may look to you. However, if you want to calculate the force for the hypothetical case of a constant pressure, you need to multiply the pressure by some element of area (and the appropriate angular term) and integrate. The result for force should have units of pressure times area and not pressure times length. 


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