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I am looking for a calculation to work out the amount of floatation that would be required to hold up a pontoon weighing apptox 2 tonne?
BillBLack said:Displacement of the pontoons(floats) minus the weight of the pontoons will give you the actual carrying capacity.
A 55 gallon drum will displace approximately 440 pounds in fresh water-subtract the actual weight (22 lbs for a plastic barrel) and off you go!
Hope this helps.
Well yeah, but the pontoons are still part of the structure you're floating, so why subtract them out?.BillBLack said:Displacement of the pontoons(floats) minus the weight of the pontoons will give you the actual carrying capacity.
A 55 gallon drum will displace approximately 440 pounds in fresh water-subtract the actual weight (22 lbs for a plastic barrel) and off you go!
Hope this helps.
The formula for calculating the floatation of a pontoon is: F = (D - W) / V, where F is the floatation force, D is the density of the water, W is the weight of the pontoon, and V is the volume of the pontoon.
The density of water can vary depending on factors such as temperature and salinity. You can find the average density for your location by consulting a water density table or using a density calculator online.
The weight of the pontoon is the total weight of the pontoon and any objects or materials on it, such as passengers and cargo.
The volume of the pontoon can be calculated by multiplying the length, width, and height of the pontoon. If the pontoon is irregularly shaped, you can use the displacement method to determine its volume.
Calculating floatation for a pontoon is important for ensuring the safety and stability of the pontoon. It helps determine the weight capacity and maximum load that the pontoon can safely support without sinking or becoming unstable.