Critical Levitation Loci for Spheres on Cryogenic Fluids

  • R. C. Hendricks
  • S. A. Ohm
Part of the Advances in Cryogenic Engineering book series (ACRE, volume 17)


Floating a waxed steel pin on water has long been a source of amusement and an apparent paradox to Archimedes’ principle. However, a closer examination reveals that one simply has not accounted for all the forces acting to float the pin.


Density Ratio Force Balance Bond Number Vapor Film Minimum Energy Configuration 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1972

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. C. Hendricks
    • 1
  • S. A. Ohm
    • 1
  1. 1.NASA Lewis Research CenterClevelandUSA

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