Sinking in Quicksand: An Applied Approach to the Archimedes Principle

G.M. Evans, S.C. Evans, Roberto Moreno-Atanasio


The objective of this paper is to present a laboratory experiment that explains the phenomenon of sinking in quicksand simulated as a fluidized bed. The paper demonstrates experimentally and theoretically that the proportion of a body that sinks in quicksand depends on the volume fraction of solids and the density of the body relative to the density of the quicksand (fluidized bed).

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