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Metacentric Height and Stability of Floating Bodies Apparatus (SMT-FM-02)
Compact size PMMA Material Transparent corrasion
Can be used with Hydraulic Bench (SMT-FM-100) or
with any Water tub available in the laboratory.
Finding the stability of a floating body and
determining the metacentre.
One horizontally and one Vertically movable clamped
weight for adjusting the heel and Centre of Gravity
Clinometer Plumb Bob with scale for displaying the
Other floating bodies with different shapes of frame
are also available on customer demand.
The metacentric height is a measurement of the initial static stability of a floating body. It is
calculated as the distance between the centre of gravity of a ship and its metacentre. A larger
metacentric height implies greater initial stability against overturning. The metacentric height
also influences the natural period of rolling of a hull, with very large metacentric heights
being associated with shorter periods of roll which are uncomfortable for passengers. Hence,
a sufficiently, but not excessively, high metacentric height is considered ideal for passenger
The SMT-FM-02 unit can be used to study the stability of a floating body and to determine
the metacentre graphically. In addition, the buoyancy of the floating body can also be