I'm creating a light up dancing pole. This requires a translucent material that is strong enough to support the weight and force of a human being, even when it's hollowed out to so LEDs can go inside. The material must also be reasonably affordable, so something like diamond is out of the question. I figured that polycarbonate was my best bet.
I did some searching and found a polycarbonate tube with the right dimensions (8ft length, ~45mm outer diameter). Here are the exact specs:
- Length: 8 ft
- Outer Diameter: 1.750 in.
- Inner Diameter: 1.500 in.
- Wall Thickness: 0.125 in
- Weight: 0.332 lb/ft
My question is whether this pole can support the torque of an average-strength 150lb human dancer. Not someone who is using all their bodily strength to destroy the thing, but apply force at different angles and forces.
It will be secured to the ground by bolting it to a weighted platform. My concern is whether the pole could potentially break.