# Questions tagged [applied-mechanics]

Questions about using applied mechanics to model engineering problems.

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### Is radians a dimensionless quantity?

Quite often while calculating angular velocity we come across the quantity radians per second. How do I treat radian dimensionally?
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### Why is the Stress vs strain diagram preferable to the Load vs displacement diagram?

I’m really unsure what is the difference between stress vs. strain and load vs displacement graphs and why stress-strain is better. I know that the units are different: stress is in MPa and the load ...
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### Deflection of parallel rods with force at an angle

As in the picture below, there is a static force $A$ being applied at 45 degrees to a rigid rod attached to a rigid plate. The plate is supported by two rods of length $B$ and diameter $D$, each of ...
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### What is Saint Venant Principle?

I am having problem with the application of Saint Venant principle.I have heard that quite often we use that knowingly or unknowingly.I would be very greatful to anyone who would explain this very ...
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### Does a change in specimen dimension affect the measured yield strength and tensile strength?

I am having a hard time trying to understand the effect of geometry on a specimen's yield and tensile strength or if there even is one. If there is an effect or not, why is it so? Thanks in advanced!
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### Calculate effort to raise hinged lever with distributed load

My father-in-law would like to install a hinged stair system in his garage that allows him comfortable access to his attic space. He wants the stairs to swing up flush with the ceiling when not in ...
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### How can I improve traction on a wheeled vehicle yet reduce friction?

This is inspired by a project I undertook for my Physics class last year; I'd like to apply it in the future. Background: For the project, I and a few classmates were required to build a small car ...
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### Poisson ratio boundary condition

Let's say I have a large isotropic body in uniaxial tension, onto which a small rectangular piece of film is applied. Think of a strain gage on a big body, but the 'strain gage' is one single ...
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### Failure in torsion

Why does a ductile rod in torsion fail at an angle perpendicular to its axis? I know the reason for brittle material failing in pure shear but I don't understand the reason for ductile material.
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### Reaction force on a beam

I have the following problem most of which I have calculated but have a difficulty with the beam under angle. The angle is 56,30 degress. I just cannot figure out how the forces there are acting - the ...
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### Does the terminal velocity of a sphere in free drop increase with increasing diameter?

I was trying today to calculate the terminal velocity of a hailstones with increasing diameter and mass. I was trying to figure out if larger hailstones will have a higher impact velocity or lower. I ...
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### Eulerian and Lagrangian descriptions of velocity

I feel as if I understand the conceptual difference between Lagrangian and Eulerian descriptions. But I can't seem to follow the math. I have one example that I would greatly appreciate an explanation ...
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### Find the acceleration of a block relative to incline plane in non and inertial frames?

A block can slide on a smooth inclined plane of inclination $\theta$ kept on the floor of a lift. When the lift is descending with retardation i.e. $a \; m/s^2$. Find the acceleration of the block ...
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### Stopping/reducing wobbliness in threaded rod

I am working on a 1.5-meter satellite dish with a custom receiver cantenna-like feed. The dish didn't come with feed arms, so I need a way to hold the feed into place. What I tried was using a 1-meter ...
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### Rotary to linear motion - how to make upside down “hammer” mechanism?

I’m not an engineer, however I think this place is the best one to find an answer to my question. So my problem is as follows: I need to create a mechanism, preferably driven by a dc motor, that will ...
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### Force and the reactions on the supports

Consider the movement in the vertical plane of an $AB$ bar with a mass of $20 kg$, $0.8 m$ long and supported by two cursors: one at the end A and the other at point G coinciding with the center of ...
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### Why is the acceleration of wedge and block equal like this

No friction at all anywhere. Let me explain the diagram in steps and the Q. green colour let us start with. It represent a wedge on which there is mass of 10kg (red colour). That’s it the first ...
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### How to solve this Question regarding compound accelerations

So , I was trying to solve it. Then , I notice that acc of 2kg mass has 2effects. One acc from the force to left and one from the Question , it says acceleration to be up. Then , the 2kg mass would go ...
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### Calculate forces/ torques on a parallel spring array

I am stuck on the calculation of forces on a certain system involving parallel springs. The schematic of the system is as follows: The lower plane is fixed and the upper plane movable. There is a ...