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Questions tagged [strength]

This is to be used for topics regarding the strength of materials, the analysis of internal forces in a body and all the governing principles which considers deformation of bodies.

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Material for car mounted fire extinguisher bracket

Don't try this at home. I am taking personal responsibility for what happens in my car. Hi all, I recently purchased a fire extinguisher for my car (it weighs 1.5 lbs or 0.68 kg). I browsed the ...
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Surface Finish and Strength

Does surface finish affect steels strength properties? If so, how does strength increase or decrease with the type of surface finish applied?
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How do I relate Grab Strength and Grab Tear to the real world?

I'm looking at a spec sheet for a high density polyethylene woven fabric and I'm seeing the following parameters on it Tensile Grab Strength: Warp 155 / Weft 170 - tested ASTM D-5034-09 Grab Tear:...
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Force applied on board from bed of nails [closed]

For testing a new manufacturing process of PCBs in our company, we design 2 bed of nails. One bed will have about 80 nails while the other about 180. Both beds will use the same fixture that will ...
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Strength of Plastic Underwater Domes with various thicknesses

I'm currently researching the strength of domes underwater and I went down the rabithole of material science. The basics of this research (or though experiment) is to bring a dome filled with air to ...
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Is strain energy the same as potential energy, or something differen?

Sorry for this stupid, basic question. But I got hung up on it. We know from Clapeyron's theorem that the strain(internal) energy of an elastically deformed body is equal to half the work $$ U=\...
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Resolution of forces and state of stress at a point

Is resolution of forces similar to expressing a vector as a linear combination of some other vectors in linear algebra? Similarly, Is the state of stress at a point in 3D similar to expressing the ...
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With which parameter can you specify whether a metal is ductile or brittle

I have to do a durability approval of feather key (shaft-hub connection) and the formulas are dependent if the shaft respectively the hub is ductile or brittle. But what is the decision about to say ...
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What methods are there to test the flexural, tensile and compressive strength of concrete?

The only one I know is the three point bending test for flexural strength.
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How does the strength of a square tube depend on the side size?

There are two square tubes of the same length, material and wall thickness, one being 40x40mm, the other 20x20mm. How does their strength against bending compare? On the one hand, the cross-sectional ...
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Boron Carbide Shattering a Bullet

Does anyone know how this works? I hypothesize that the reason that the bullet shatters is that boron carbide is much harder than the copper of the bullet. Does anyone think that this may be made into ...
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Fillet weld strength calculation

I have 2 plates that are fillet welded to each other. How can I determinate the max force the weld can take before it cracks? The plates are only welded on one side because the other side is not ...
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Springback after a plastic deformation

Before the yield point, the deformation is elastic, and then it is plastic. But what happens to the elastic 'part' of strain after the load is removed? Is it retracted fully or partly, and how does ...
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Thick walled cylinder theory - Stress/strain in ballooned out tube

I want to work out how much I can expand a piece of rubber tubing before it ruptures. The wall is 0.75mm and the ID 5mm. Hence I am working out the stress/strain from thick-walled cylinder theory ...
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Need advice: Estimating the compressive yield strength of abdominal tissues from the data of its rigidity or stiffness constant

I am doing research on biomedical device development, and focusing on devices that work on grasping tissues in the abdominal area. I need some help with applying the concepts of material strength to ...
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Arc welder? Cheap welding device for chainmail/chainmail jewelry

I'm hoping this is the correct StackExchange for this question/request for advice. I'm looking to buy a welder to introduce me a little to welding, my main use-case right now is the hobby projects I ...
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What is the maximum deflection and bending moment of a hinged hinged beam? [closed]

It is not a simply supported beam with one end hinged the other end with roller support. I am working on both the ends hinged beam. i.e at the two ends only rotation about z axis is allowed and all ...
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How to provide lateral support for adjacent masonry during installation of steel UC in an old cavity wall?

I've got a structural engineer ready to provide calcs on this job, but there is a specific aspect where I'd like a heads-up what the normal approach would be, before I raise it with him, in case he ...
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Distance of Pivot from the Rear axle

I am designing an NSAM crane. I have encountered the following issue when designing the vehicle: Generally the pivot(or the point about which the NSAM crane rotates) is in the center. But from two ...
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How to determine tensile strength while the normalised tensile strength is known?

I try to design a shaft with yet unknown diameter, i know the distribution of forces and stresses (shear, torsion and normal) in/ along the shaft. I need just one more parameter nl. the tensile ...
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Could a vacuum tank ever be light enough to be boyant in air?

Given futuristic materials, could a structure ever be strong enough to contain a vacuum, yet light enough to provide buoyancy under standard atmospheric pressure? Obviously "futuristic materials" is ...
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Would a partial space elevator work? [closed]

Background The normal space elevator (that reaches from the Earth's surface to a counterweight beyond geostationary) needs a material that's strength/weight ratio is better than any material we have ...
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How to strengthen existing masonry vaults and domes? [closed]

I would like to know what methods are usually used to strengthen existing masonry vaults and domes, especially the ones called Catalan Vaults, and how to design them. Thank you in advance.
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Calculating Creep

For a low-carbon steel part that will be put into a long lifetime use (10 years plus) what are recommended load cases to consider creep? The part I'm specifically working with will have a relatively ...
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Most efficient fillet design given an envelope (for stress)

If one has a specified allowed X length and Y height, into which a fillet can be placed to reduce stress concentrations, is there an equation which can be used to determine the optimal shape of the ...
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“The monofilament wire has a tensile strength of 18 kg” What does this mean?

I am used to strength being measured in units of stress, such as pounds per square inch, or Pascals. I am assuming what the author is trying to say is, "this filament will break when holding 18 kg," ...
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Is it safe to stand on a toilet bowl?

As most westerners know well, ceramic toilets are designed to be sat on, even by those who are quite overweight. However, since it's customary in Asian countries to squat when using the toilet, some ...
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What causes shear force?

Most of resources I've been reading don't explain the scientific reason for the existence of shear force. Most resources just teaches how to solve problems and about properties. Nothing goes deep (not ...
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mean fatigue strength

In context of machine design, what is mean fatigue strength? (as I am thinking I am mixing it up with midrange strength) In my class we deal a lot with steels and this is a low strength steel, but I ...
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Will drilling a hole in a pane of glass reduce it's structural integrity?

I've got a glass box that measures 900mm x 450mm x 450mm. The width of the glass is 6mm thick. If I drill, cut, or grind a small hole in/through one of the faces; will it significantly affect the ...
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Cement-Filled 6" PVC Bollard [closed]

My next door neighbor's car backed into my wooden fence and knocked down a section. I want to protect the fence from a future accident. A steel pipe filled with concrete would cost more than PVC. A ...
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Why does the stress-strain curve decrease?

This is a stress-strain diagram I have noticed that the curve decreases between points C & D and between E & F. Why does that happen? I expected the curve to always increase since the ...
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Definitions of strength?

Can tensile strength be the same as yield strength? Can Flexural Yield Strength be related to the yield strength of a material in any way?
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Calculating aluminium strength

I am wanting to build a bracket to hold my solar panel over the roof of my 4wd. It will only be supported from 1 side. My plan is to have two 1200mm lengths of aluminium angle (50mmx50mm*6mm) with ...
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Maximum compressive force for pipe vs solid cylinder

If I have a pipe with external radius R and internal radius r. Maximum compressive force will be given by the same formula Fmax=σS as for cylinder or different? where $S = πR^{2}-πr^{2}$, and σ is ...
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Can concrete lose strength during curing?

We cast a bridge's concrete deck and kept samples for concrete strength tests at 7 and 28 days. We took a test at 7 days, and the test result were over the design strength (designed for 30 MPa, ...
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Do I understand column buckling?

I'm going to make such a stool: Originally it's made of thick plywood, and I want to switch to a thinnest possible OSB to make it as cheap and light as possible. It's a bar stool of 70 cm height, 33 ...
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Low-tech ways of assessing relative strength of a material (yield point)

I want to compare strength of a metal before and after heat treatment, to assess to effectiveness of that treatment. (See my previous question, Aluminium softened by brazing. How to harden?). ...