# Questions tagged [statics]

Statics is branch of engineering concerned with the analysis of forces and moments on physical systems in static equilibrium.

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### Why are screw holes in most of the door hinges in zigzag orientation?

What advantage does it provide? Explaining with a figure would be helpful. I tried to draw a free body diagram and equated the sum of force and moments to zero, but still was not able to find out.
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### How should I position two shelf supports for the best distribution of load?

I'd like to mount a shelf on the wall. I have two shelf supports to do so, like this: Relative to the shelf, where do I place the (blue) supports to achieve the best distribution of load?
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### Dimension of the unidirectional mechanical clutch

This is a problem from the book Engineering Mechanics Statics vol-1 by Meriam Kraige. The elements of a unidirectional mechanical clutch are shown in the figure.A torque $M$ applied to the outer ring ...
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### Finding downward force of lever bar

I am working on a DIY project, I am trying to replicate a bar compressor which for some reason is only sold in Europe so I thought it would be fun to make my own without having to waste so much ...
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### Is pin column-beam joint always have less moment, more deflection compared to fixed joint?

I am referring to the answer here: It seems that on a simple structure (The diagrams on the left the images below have fully-fixed connections, while on the right the columns are pinned connections ...
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### How to apply static failure criteria for bending stress in an angled cylindrical surface?

Let’s say I have an irregularly shaped bearing with a cross section that looks like the angled surface of a conical frustum, shown below. If a bending moment is applied which causes the inside ...
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### Calculating a pull force between two pieces of plastic

I have an HDPE pin, 2 mm high, 2 mm diameter, that I impress into a flat plaque of hot HDPE. It is not hot enough to melt the pin, but still hot enough that the material will shrink 4% in 24 hours. ...
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### Why does the minimum force have to be parallel to the incline?

If we have an object on a frictionless inclined bench, why does the minimum force applied to keep it steady have to be parallel to the incline (or perpendicular to the reaction force)? In other words,...
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### Why do we always need to calculate the 'Moment of Inertia' about neutral axis for bending?

I was having a look at the bending stress derivation in few of the books. The derivation indicates how each of the element in the bending stress equation is derived into that equation. However, for ...
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### What are the units used in beam bending equations? Do they matter?

I was just wondering whether or not the standard beam bending equations worked for all units. E.g. imperial and metric etc. From what I'm guessing it shouldn't really, since once we plug everything in ...
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### Why do we assume the moment is zero when analyzing a simply supported beam?

When calculating the reactions of a simply supported beam under any type of loading we assume that the moment about the reaction points is zero. What if our assumption is wrong and in actual practice ...
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### Why is there a moment at the cross section end when you cut a body?

I just started mechanics of materials, and it seems that my knowledge from statics has gotten rusty over the summer. But there was a new concept introduced in the first example problem today. There ...
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### How to calculate the forces on members of a frame, due to a distributed pressure load?

I am trying to calculate the force sustained on the three labelled members of this frame (Members 1, 2 & 3). The frame will experience a uniform pressure of 1000 kPa in the area enclosed by the ...
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### How exactly do forces transfer in different directions?

If we imagine the load being placed at the top of the below triangle, I realise that the downwards force is transferred into one which goes in a 'south east' and 'south west' direction down to the end ...
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### Do flexible water hose cause pressure drop with constant flow?

My dad has a tub by a lake. He has a water pump in the lake to pump up water into a tub. He claims that if he use a flexible hose, the pressure in the hose at the top will be lower than if he use a ...
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