# Stability of a barge- Fluid Mechanics

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Tags: barge, fluid, mechanics, stability
 P: 16 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data A large barge of overall width 4m to be used at sea has a uniform empty weight per meter length of M=6327.19kg/m (length is into the page). This empty weight is uniformly distributed along the length of the barge. The center of gravity of the empty barge is at position G, 2m above the flat bottom of the vessel. The barge has a rectangular water-line area and the density of seawater is 1025 kg/m^3. Neglect the thickness of the hull. Ballast of mass Mb kg per meter length is added to the barge in order to effect the stability. The weight of the ballast acts at point A (on the barge centerline at the bottom of the hull) and is uniformly distributed along the length of the barge. The addition of the ballast will shift the center of gravity from G to G (prime). Write out an expression for the height of the new center of gravity above the bottom of the hull in terms of Mb (distance AG(prime)) 2. Relevant equations I know that the key word in the question is 'acting on point A'. Adding Mb will shift G to G(prime) however G(prime) is lower than G. Because the weight was added below and not above. I am aware that i need to use moments to find G (prime) but am not sure how to start it off..Really stuck 3. The attempt at a solution I have found the draft value of h=1.5432m. m of barge= 6327.19 kg length (l) of barge =1m width= 4m ρ= 1025kg/m^3 For equilibrium, buoyancy force= 6327.19g volume of displaced seawater V=wxhxl= 4xhx1=4h If we equate the two equations above we get h= 1.5432m.. This value is calculated for G not sure if it stays the same when we have G (prime)?? 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data 2. Relevant equations 3. The attempt at a solution Attached Thumbnails
 Emeritus Sci Advisor HW Helper Thanks PF Gold P: 6,559 The location of G is given as 2 m above the bottom of the barge, and this is for the empty barge. If Mb of ballast is added with a center of gravity of zero meters above the bottom of the barge, what is the height of the c.g. of the barge and ballast together?
 P: 16 If you look at the attached diagram it shows the height from point A to the new center of gravity to be h.. That's the value I found in the above calculations which is, h=1.5432m
 Emeritus Sci Advisor HW Helper Thanks PF Gold P: 6,559 Stability of a barge- Fluid Mechanics I think you are misreading the figure attached with the problem. The height of G for the empty barge is 2 m above the bottom of the barge. You are asked to find out how much ballast to add to the barge so that G', the center of gravity of the barge with ballast, will produce a stable condition. The value of G' may not necessarily be equal to the draft h.
 P: 35 Hi SteamKing, just realized that you are completely right. I assumed the height stayed the same but the G' has moved so h is probably not equal to the draft h.. Because the question specifically asks 'write the expression for the height of the new center of gravity above the bottom of the hull in terms of Mb(distance AG')) i have no idea how to obtain this. Any starting points you would recommend?
 Emeritus Sci Advisor HW Helper Thanks PF Gold P: 6,559 The height of the center of gravity of the empty barge plus ballast can be found by writing the vertical moment equation, using point A as the reference.
 P: 35 Definitions: Mb=mass of ballast M= mass of barge (empty)=6327.19kg 0=ƩMa=-(AG' X (M+Mb)+(AG X M) since we know that AG=2m; 0=ƩMa=-(AG' X (M+Mb)+(2 x M) The negative sign is due to the anticlockwise moment 0=ƩMa=-(AG' X (6327.19+Mb)+(2 x 6327.19) AG'(6327.19+Mb)=12654.38 therefore Ag'=12654.38/(6327.19+Mb) is this right?
 Emeritus Sci Advisor HW Helper Thanks PF Gold P: 6,559 Looks good.
 P: 35 Also i have started doing the next question and it asks: 'Write out an expression for the height of the center of buoyancy above the bottom of the hull (the distance AB), again in terms of Mb. For this question I though that the draft h value must be different from part (i) as we have added Mb on point A. However this makes things complicated, how do we know if B changed or not.. It is not marked on the diagram. Does this mean it stays the same and we just recalculate the new h value and assume its half way through the new h value?
 P: 16 That's how i did mine as well. Took a while to get the answer. I am stuck with this new buoyancy B though, do we assume it stays at the same point after the MB is added to point A. What exactly changes here?
 Emeritus Sci Advisor HW Helper Thanks PF Gold P: 6,559 When ballast is added, the barge will sink. In order to find the new position of B, the draft of the ballasted barge is required. In general, when the displacement of a vessel changes, the location of the center of buoyancy changes as well.
 P: 16 Does that mean that when I do find the draft of the ballasted barge we assume that the new position of B is still halfway of the new draft value? Is this assumption correct?
 P: 16 SteamKing: This is following I did to find the new position of B. For the height of the center of buoyancy above the bottom of the hull i did the following. Volume of displaced water= V= 4 x h x 1= 4h The weight of the displaced seawater = (6327.19+Mb)g =ρ x g x4h Therefore h= (6327.19+Mb)g/(ρxgx4)= (6327.19+Mb)/4100 However the distance AB= (1/2)x((6327.19+Mb)/4100)=(6327.19+Mb)/8200 The reason I divided it by 1/2 is because the new buoyancy point must be located half way through the new draft value. Are my calculations correct?
 Emeritus Sci Advisor HW Helper Thanks PF Gold P: 6,559 The calculation of B is correct, although you are actually multiplying by 1/2 instead of dividing.
 P: 16 Thanks very much for that. There is now a change of scenario and I attached it as figure 2. Question states that 'If the total ballast acting at point A is now increased to 3000 kg/m, what is the maximum mass of cargo per unit length Mc that could be safely carried at position C with the barge still stable?' In this question do we use a similar approach before in using the stability formula? What's the best way to solve this problem? Attached Thumbnails
 Emeritus Sci Advisor HW Helper Thanks PF Gold P: 6,559 The procedure is similar. Write a vertical moment equation and find the new height of the c.g. of the loaded barge. Determine the new draft for the loaded barge and calculate B. Io depends only on the shape of the waterplane. With the new locations for B and G', evaluate GM.
 P: 16 So I'm finding this last section really hard to start off. This is what I have done so far: Mb=3000kg M= mass of barge (empty)=6327.19kg g=9.81 Mc= mass of cargo ρ=1025kgm^(-3) I struggled to find the moment equation so i started off by doing the following: 1. New draft for the load barge Volume of displaced water= V= 4xhx1= 4h The weight of the displaced water= (M+Mb+Mc)g=ρg(4h) (9327.19+Mc)g=ρg(4h) h=(9327.19+Mc)/4100 New location of B, has to be located half way between the new draft h So the new distance of AB= (1/2)x(9327.19+Mc)/4100=(9327.19+Mc)/(8200) CG'=AC-AG' AG' was found in the previous sections to be = 12654.38/(6327.19+Mb) Substituting our new Mb value gives , AG' =1.3567 CG'=4-1.3567=2.6433 m Vsubmerged= 4 x 1 x h= (9327.19+Mc)/1025 BG'(bar)= CG'+AB = 2.6433+(9327.19+Mc)/(8200) Therefore using G'M(bar)= Io/(V submerged) - BG'(bar) = 5.333/((9327.19+Mc)/1025) -(2.6433+(9327.19+Mc)/(8200)) For the maximum I was thinking of using calculus but not sure if that is possible to use on this?? or if there is a better way ? Not sure if what I have done is right for this question,very confused... didn't use moments as you said earlier because i was getting confused with all the different variables.. Am I on the wrong track?
 Emeritus Sci Advisor HW Helper Thanks PF Gold P: 6,559 The vertical moment of a mass is this: moment of mass = mass times (distance of c.g. of mass from point A) The total vertical moment = sum of the vertical moments of the individual masses To find the maximum amount of cargo, calculus is not required. The minimum stability is G'M = 0. Solve for Mc.

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