# Stability with liquid loads

Metacentric height and conditions for buoyancy of ships and pontoons with liquid loads or ballast.

**Contents**

### Key Facts

**Gyroscopic Couple**: The rate of change of angular momentum () = (In the limit).

- = Moment of Inertia.
- = Angular velocity
- = Angular velocity of precession.

## Introduction

**Tankers**are designed to transport liquid loads, but most large vessels have fuel tanks needed for their propulsion. The presence of a significant volume of liquid with a free surface has an effect on the metacentric height and hence the stability of the ship.This is because the motion of the ship, as it is displaced from its equilibrium position, causes the liquids (load or ballast) to shift or slosh continuously. This is particularly applicable to large sea tankers and bulkships. In addition, in the context of large quantities of fuel for propulsion being carried on board a ship, the constant consumption of fuel means that the load, and the corresponding metacentric height, will shift. The effect of this on the stability of ships and pontoons is considered in this section.

*Note:*This page should be read in conjunction with Stability and Metacentric Height

## The Metacentric Height For A Vessel With Liquid Ballast.

**Center of gravity**refers to the mean location of the gravitational force acting on a body.

The

**center of buoyancy**is the centre of the volume of water which the hull displaces.

**Where**

- is the original Waterline.
- is the Centre of Gravity of the Ship and Ballast.
- is the Centre of Buoyancy.

The Ship is tilted through a small angle clockwise giving a new waterline of . Due to the movement of the water wedge the Centre of Buoyancy of the Ship ( i.e. The of of the displaced liquid) moves to . By the

**Previous Theory**where is the second Moment of Area of the Water plane area and is the Total displacement by the Ship and it's contents. Due to the movement of the liquid in the Ballast tank, the of of the Ship and Ballast moves to . Now the vertical through cuts the old vertical centre line at . The Stability of the ship depends upon whether is above or below . The Metacentric Height is now Consider the Liquid in the Ballast Tank.

Let

- = The second moment of area of the liquid surface about it's centre line.
- = the Volume of liquid in the Tank.
- = the specific weight of the liquid.
- = The movement of the of in the tank due to the tilting of the vessel.

## Divided Ballast Tanks

If the**Ballast Tank**is

**divided**into two by a longitudinal Partition, the above equation becomes:

and

Comparing the two separate cases:

1) Single Tank of width . 2) Same tank divided into two equal compartments.

This shows that the reduction in the Metacentric height that occurs in case two is a quarter that experienced in case one. For this reason, the tanks in Oil Tankers are divided into small compartments.

## The Righting Couple With A Liquid Ballast.

**Righting couple**is a

**force**which normally restores a ship to

**equilibrium**once a heel has changed the relationship between her center of buoyancy and her center of gravity.

The

This is the same as in the simple case without a liquid balance but it must be remembered that the

**Righting Couple**due to the Buoyancy Force acting upwards through and and the weight of the ship acting downwards through and . where is small.This is the same as in the simple case without a liquid balance but it must be remembered that the

**Metacentric Height**is now and**not**.Example:

[imperial]

##### Example - Exemple 1

Problem

A Pontoon 50 ft. by 20 ft. and 7 ft. deep is ballasted with 40 tons of water.

The Pontoon and its load weigh 80 tons.

Find:

The Pontoon and its load weigh 80 tons.

Find:

- a)The
**metacentric height**. - b)The
**angle**through which the pontoon will heel if 2 tons of deck cargo are moved 10 ft. from the centre to edge.

Workings

Weight of Pontoon plus Ballast = 120 Tons.
Volume of Water displaced =
Draft =
Volume of Ballast Water =
Taking Moments about the Base:
And:
Metacentric Height:

**Two Tons of Deck cargo are moved ten feet laterally.**Moment due to the movement of the load = The righting Couple. Thus:Solution

- The
**metacentric height**is - The
**angle**