# Buoyant Unit Weight

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Buoyant unit weight, abbreviated as $$\gamma '$$, also called effective unit weight or submerged unit weight, is the unit weight of a submerged object minus saturated weight of the object.

## Buoyant Unit Weight formulas

 $$\large{ \gamma ' = \gamma_{sat} - \gamma_w }$$ $$\large{ \gamma ' = m \; \left( 1 - \frac{ \rho_o }{ \rho_f } \right) }$$ $$\large{ \gamma ' = \frac{ G_s \; \gamma_w \;-\; \gamma_w }{ 1 \;+\; e } }$$ $$\large{ \gamma ' = \frac{ \left( G_s \;-\; 1 \right) \; \gamma_w }{ 1 \;+\; e } }$$ $$\large{ \gamma ' = \frac{ \left( G_s \;+\; e \right) \; \gamma_w }{ 1 \;+\; e } \;-\; \gamma_w }$$ $$\large{ \gamma ' = \frac{ \left( G_s \;+\; e \right) \; \gamma_w \;-\; \left( 1 \;+\; e \right) \; \gamma_w }{ 1 \;+\; e } }$$ $$\large{ \gamma ' = \frac{ G_s \; \gamma_w \;+\; e \; \gamma_w \;-\; \gamma_w \;-\; e \; \gamma_w }{ 1 \;+\; e } }$$

### Where:

$$\large{ \gamma ' }$$  (Greek symbol gamma) = buoyant unit weight

$$\large{ \gamma_{sat} }$$  (Greek symbol gamma) = saturated unit weight

$$\large{ \gamma_w }$$  (Greek symbol gamma) = unit weight of water

$$\large{ \rho_f }$$  (Greek symbol rho) = density of fluid

$$\large{ \rho_o }$$  (Greek symbol rho) = density of object

$$\large{ m }$$ = mass of object

$$\large{ G_s }$$ = specific gravity of soil

$$\large{ e }$$ = void ratio