If a rod is turned around it's own axis, force/torque is needed.

Let's assume the rod it self has a diameter $d$, a length $l$, the mass $m$ and should be turned by a motor on one side. The other side is laying on a support, that prevents it from moving sideways which is not frictionless $\mu_{rod-supp}$.


How strong must this motor be?!

So far I tried around a bit with Moment of Inertia. But I don't know how to go from there.

It is a real life problem I need to solve. The rod needs to turn once in 3-8 minutes and I have to find a fitting stepper motor for that, that's why I need the torque.

  • $\begingroup$ Can you add a diagram? $\endgroup$ Aug 17 '18 at 9:59
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    – Wasabi
    Aug 17 '18 at 11:26
  • $\begingroup$ I have added a small sketch and a few infos on what I did so far. $\endgroup$
    – Auge
    Aug 18 '18 at 7:51
  • $\begingroup$ Possible duplicate of Understanding required torque for a motor lifting a weight $\endgroup$
    – hazzey
    Aug 22 '18 at 14:34

If you assume that 100% of the weight is carried by the support, then the normal force is just $mg$, so the friction force is $mg\mu$, and the torque required to overcome friction is $mg\mu d/2$. If you want to be able to acceleration the rod quickly, then the polar moment of inertia will come into play. However, since you indicated a rate of 1 rev every few minutes, the accelerations involved here will be trivial. The friction force will dominate. Take the calculation for friction and add a little margin and call it a day.


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