The waterlogging of floating objects.

Vella, D. and Huppert, H. E. (2007) The waterlogging of floating objects. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 585. pp. 245-254. DOI

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We consider the dynamical processes by which a dense, porous object floating in a body of liquid becomes waterlogged and sinks. We first generalize the classic model of capillary rise in a porous medium to present an analytically tractable model of the process, which is valid for objects that are very shallow compared to their horizontal extent. We find an analytical expression for the time taken for the object to sink under this approximation. We use a series of boundary integral simulations to show that decreasing the horizontal extent of the object decreases the time taken to sink. We find that the results of these numerical simulations are in good quantitative agreement with a series of laboratory experiments. Finally, we discuss the implications of our work for pumice fragments, often found floating in open water after a volcanic eruption, occasionally even supporting plant, animal and human remains.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 2007 AREP IA54 2007 P
Divisions: 02 - Geodynamics, Geophysics and Tectonics
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Fluid Mechanics
Volume: 585
Page Range: pp. 245-254
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Depositing User: Sarah Humbert
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2009 13:04
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2013 10:08

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