Oil Tankers Feature Summary

Type:
Physics in Your World
Title:
Oil Tanker Size
Description:
This image (hi-res version) shows what was formally the world's largest supertanker. Tankers are built so large mostly because as they get bigger, their volume increases faster than their surface area. To learn more, visit Oil tankers.

Interestingly, the same geometry limits the maximum size of cells--for more, see Cells: Surface-Volume.
Image:
photo credit: <a href= " http://supertankers.topcities.com/" target="_blank"> Auke Visser's International Super Tankers </a>
photo credit: Auke Visser's International Super Tankers
Image URL:
http://www.physicstogo.org/images/features/supertanker-large-7-26-07.jpg
Featured:
August 16, 2007 - September 1, 2007