
Algebra PreAlgebra and Basic Algebra Math Forum 
 LinkBack  Thread Tools  Display Modes 
May 21st, 2012, 03:09 PM  #1 
Newbie Joined: May 2012 Posts: 2 Thanks: 0  Buoyancy / Load capacity of a barrel... plz help!
Hi, First, this is a short explanation as to why I need some help. I'm building a 20 ft x 12ft pontoon boat to be used on a lake. It will float by use of closed polyethylene barrels with with normal air (NOT compressed). The barrels will be held in place by a wooden deck. On top of this deck, I'm building a 12 ft x 8 ft wooden cabin, with door, windows, and a roof that doubles as a deck. Additional major weight factors include the motor, anchor, batteries, small canoe, fresh water storage, people, supplies, etc. But before I get to drawing and building I need an answer to the most important question: how much weight can my barrels support? Right now, I'm considering 2 sizes: 55 Gallon Polyethylene Barrel 34 3/4 (in) height 23 1/4 (in) diameter 23 (lbs) weight This is a straight barrel (NO tapering) Or 30 Gallon Polyethylene Barrel 34 3/4 (in) height 23 1/4 (in) diameter 23 (lbs) weight This is a straight barrel (NO tapering) I would much prefer using only the 30 Gallon size, however, that might not be feasible. Anyway, hope someone can help me out determining the load bearing capacity of the above barrels on water. Thanks 
May 21st, 2012, 03:14 PM  #2 
Newbie Joined: May 2012 Posts: 2 Thanks: 0  Re: Buoyancy / Load capacity of a barrel... plz help!
DIMENSIONS OF 30 GALLON BARREL WRONG. The specs of the 30 gallon barrel are: 31 (in) height 19 (in) length 19 (in) diameter 13 (lbs) weight 
May 22nd, 2012, 01:33 AM  #3  
Global Moderator Joined: Dec 2006 Posts: 20,380 Thanks: 2011  Quote:
Is the revised specification for the 30 gallon barrels correct? I don't understand what is meant by the length of a barrel, as distinct from its height.  

Tags 
barrel, buoyancy, capacity, load, plz 
Search tags for this page 
buoyancy of 3 barrels,buoyancy of barrel,water barrel load bearing,What is max buoyancy of a 30 gallon barrel,bouyancy of 30 gal drum,30 gallon water barrel for floatation
Click on a term to search for related topics.

Thread Tools  
Display Modes  

Similar Threads  
Thread  Thread Starter  Forum  Replies  Last Post 
A balanced 3Q , connected load drwas power from 440 V suppl  rsoy  Physics  2  June 4th, 2011 06:53 PM 
Area and capacity  jsmith613  Algebra  8  November 22nd, 2010 10:03 AM 
a volume of a barrel  kasiaogor  Calculus  1  November 7th, 2010 02:33 PM 
Buoyancy of an horizontal cylinder  MB1  Algebra  3  February 23rd, 2009 04:45 AM 