Weight of Water - Collapsing Floors?


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Aaron_2016

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Could the floors have collapsed owing to the weight of water entering some of the rooms and allowed the water to take an alternative path throughout the ship? e.g. Water spilling up E-deck and causing floors to collapse further aft, or water rushing in through open portholes and causing ceilings to collapse etc.

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no.in titanic cases floors did not collapse due to weight of water,but flooded room with closed doors would soon get doors ripped apart by water.
 
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I'm thinking that rooms already filled with heavy equipment and furnishings would not be able take the additional weight of all that water and the floor would cave in before the water reached the top and breached the door. Are there any examples of doors (which opened inwards) bursting outwards before the floor collapses?

Example of room flooding by an open porthole. The door opens inwards. The crack underneath the door allows some water to pass through. The room floods heavily and water begins to rain down through the ceiling onto the room below. The weight of water is too much for the wooden floor to hold up and it collapses. The water then travels down a different path and changes the position of the ship.


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Harland Duzen

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I really don't think that would be the case since that video was filmed in a house (that would of had mainly a wooden floor while Titanic's were made of iron and have been supported by other wall panels or supporting iron beams above said floor.
 

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technically its possible but only if floors on titanic were poor designed which is not case,none of room floors collapsed due to water flow,doors to cabins surely could be "catapulted" by water pressure but not the floors itself
 
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Be careful of technical language. On a ship, "floors" are not decks. They are vertical, transverse members of the framing. In Titanic they formed the cellular bottom. Some floors were damaged in the breakup, but that's another story.

What are being called "floors" here are the decks and specifically the tank top deck.

-- David G. Brown
 

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