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

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Find Acceleration Of A Buoyancy Force Of A Balloon In U.S. Customary Units (1-49E)

The problem in my text (Thermodynamics An Engineering Approach, Cengel & Boles, 2nd Ed.) is stated as follows: Balloons are often filled with helium gas because it weighs only about one-seventh ...
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Statics and Structural Analysis: Determinacy in beams/frames

I have a question about the methods to decide whether a beam/frame is determinate or indeterminate. Typically you can count the number of reaction forces and compare them to the number of elements to ...
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What engineering topic builds upon the concepts of basic statics?

I'm interested in learning what I might call "advanced statics" but am not sure what concepts this would include in engineering parlance. Would it actually be called "matrix structural analysis"?
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Best angle and length for a diagonal wood support for a pull-up bar

I want to construct a freestanding pull-up bar like the one described here. But I was wondering what would be the best angle for a diagonal support considering that the things I care are: That it ...
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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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Drawing Bending Moment Diagrams

How do I know when to use an upward or a downward curve when I'm drawing a bending moment diagram for a uniformly-distributed load (UDL) and what's the most reliable way of identifying the maximum ...
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How to calculate strain from maximum bending moment and stress?

How can I calculate the strain in a simply supported beam from having the maximum bending moment (25kNm) and the maximum bending stress (45MPa)?
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Frame/truss problem with sliding joint

I'm supposed to be finding the reaction forces first but from the FBD of the entire truss where am I supposed to start. If I take the moment at A then I get 3 unknowns at Bx Dy and Dx. If I get the ...
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Loaded Truss problem

Hi, I'm having some problems with this truss question that I have in my homework. So far this is my solutions. I worked out my solutions to the reaction forces but don't know if they're correct. The ...
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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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The Equation of a buckled card

When a rectangular piece of plastic (say a credit card) experiences an increasing compression force, the plastic eventually buckles. Is it possible to find the equation of the plastic's cross section ...
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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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Calculating automotive suspension wishbone loads by considering the structure as a 3D Truss

I am trying to calculate the loads in the suspension components of a typical car double wishbone setup. I have found a thread on the www.fsae.com forum, which seems to be exactly the kind of thing I ...
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How to analyze the free body diagram of a pair of scissors? [closed]

Is this how it works? The fingers generate moment. The load generates moment. Finger moment > load moment, so the load is cut. How do I use an equation to identify the most vulnerable point of the ...
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How to deal with a point force acting right on the hinge of a beam?

I have been attempting to solve a question where there is a point force acting on the hinge of a beam. Here is the problem: I am not sure how to deal with the 2 kN point force at $C$ ($C$ and $E$ are ...
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Drawing the shear and bending moment diagram of a 2D rigid frame [closed]

I am taking a civil engineering course that we are constantly asked to tackle questions that are not really covered in the course. I have been looking for suitable reference materials but with no ...
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How to describe the rotation of opposite ends of a body due to an applied moment

Summary A short way to phrase this question is: Shear describes the translation of one part of a body relative to another given an applied force. What is the equivalent rotational term? That is, ...
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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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What angle - for a strut - provides the greatest vertical strength/support for a cantilever?

I want to affix a cantilever to wall. I will support the other end of the cantilever with a strut made of wood, that attaches to some point on the wall below the cantilever, as shown in this sketch (...
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How to calculate a tripod table's stability?

I have designed a circular, 800 mm (31.5") diameter tripod table. The top is made of stone and weighs 40 kg (88 lbs). The height of the table is 750 mm (29.5"). There is a central column with tripod ...
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Does the length of a beam change upon deflection?

I have made a Python program in which I have computed the deflection of a beam. I am plotting the deflected beam and am now asked to show the length of the beam. If the beam is not deflected, it is ...
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Beam with constant load distribution on three supports - force distribution to supports

I have following example (the question is at the bottom): The load distribution $q$ is constant. I add condition of zero bend in center of the beam, $w_B = 0$, and the assumption $F_{RA} = F_{RC}$. ...
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How to solve an overconstrained static free body diagram?

How does Force Effect https://forceeffect.autodesk.com do it? Given a 10m long bar angled as the hypotenuse of a 3, 4, 5 triangle with an xy pin constraint a (0,0), another xy constraint at (4,3), ...
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How do I determine the reactions at the base of a tethered T-frame?

I received a tricky bonus question today in my engineering class: I've begun by equating all moments and forces to zero, about an arbitrary point, which I labeled at $C$. Finally, I attempted to ...
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How to calculate lever force when lever has uniformed distributed load?

We have a simple class 1 lever: $$\begin {array}{c} \text {5,000 kg} \\ \downarrow \, \downarrow \, \downarrow \, \downarrow \, \downarrow \, \downarrow \, \downarrow \, \downarrow \, \downarrow \, \...
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Is the Qmax of an T-Beam equal if calculated both above and below the neutral plane?

I was doing a question involving a T-Beam question wrong since I was selecting the wrong area to use for $Q_{max}$ when trying to maximise the shear stress. $$\large{\tau}= \frac{VQ}{It}$$ A friend ...
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What is the benefit of additional planetary gears?

A planetary gear is a gear that rotates not around an axle but around another gear known as a sun gear, or star gear. I have designed prototype systems in the past that used a single planetary gear ...
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How do I calculate the forces on a desk and its legs?

I have a design for a desk, and I'd like to not just guess at how strong it'll be, but I can't find an explanation on how to figure out all the forces involved that doesn't assume I already know a lot ...

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