Looking for some hints on how to create a rough estimate for the following problem.
Given two steel gates with the same dimensions, same material - e.g. everything is the same. The only difference is that the middle parts have different structures.
When applying some force to the top, the gate will start to be more and more deformed, and at some force the gate will touch the ground at the place where the blue arrow points.
I'm looking for a rough estimate of how much more force is needed for the second gate - i.e. how much more "sturdy" is the second gate.
I really don't need any exact calculation, but probably will need some material data, so:
- common steel thin-walled beam (25mm x 25mm x 2mm wall thick)
- each joint point is welded, we can be simplify and assume that the welds are exactly as strong as the material itself
- the suspension points can hold infinite force
- and any other possible simplification - this problem isn't for any rocket-science but for solving an evening talk with a friend.