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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Should I use ST or LT values for extruded rod?

In MMPDS for AA7075-73511 (extruded rod) the Table 3.7.10.0(g3) show both ST and LT values for transverse directions. For a rod with circular cross section there is really no Short and Long transverse ...
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Failure analysis of a rod [closed]

A mechanical system is designed as over here. Loads applied on the system are as follows: F = 10 kN; P = 450 N; Q = 950 N. The material of the main rod has an ultimate tensile strength of 400 MPa, ...
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Beam buckling criterion?

If I have an I beam which I subject to some bending load, how can I calculate when the thinner middle part of the I beam will buckle? I though I could use Euler's critical load formula here, but it's ...
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Beginners material science for handling a load

I’ve got a reasonably strong grasp of Newtonian mechanics, but as far as material science goes I don’t know which of the many material properties I need to use to solve my problem: I’m trying to mount ...
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Where does Second moment of area come from?

Where does the second moment of area come from and how to derive it from scratch, or what is the basic intuition behind it? In other words, what are the origins of $$I_{xx} = \int\int yy \text{ }dxdy$$...
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Strength of bolts

I was wondering if it'd be a good idea to attach a 10kg load to the end of a movable steel rod by fastening it with just one M5 bolt. Looking at Misumi's datasheet, M5 (Class 10.9) has an allowable ...
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Is inverse hall-petch relation valid crystals larger than nanocrystalline?

The image shown here is of ceramics, where they varied the grain size and measured the strength. For example, let's take Al2O3. There we observed that strength first increased from 3 μm to 95 μm. But ...
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RHS beam deflection with support on one end

A 1400 mm long galv steel beam, size 40x20x2. 80 mm of the beam on one end is welded in flat position to a platform. How much weight can I put safely on the other end? What if instead of being flat ...
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Stability of 3D-printed mask after sterilisation

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6797553/ https://www.hatchbox3d.com/collections/pla We are 3D printing masks that need to be used by medical staff treating COVID19 patients. The first ...
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Is there any way to improve the strength of simple at-home aluminum/copper/brass castings (sand-casting hammers)

I'm just getting-into melting-down cans to make aluminum-based slingshots, hammers and the like. In my ignorance I didn't realize that copper/brass were also things that I could process which has ...
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Column Buckling Boundary Conditions — Welded Tubing Practical Application?

I'm trying to do some calculations for a personal project. I'm trying to understand column strength / buckling. My questions relate to Effective Length Constant, which is based on Boundary ...
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Which post would be stronger?

Just a quick question for you. Well hopefully. A contractor has installed a retaining wall with colorbond fence on top. In the contract he stipulated that he would use 65mm x 65mm x 1.6mm powder ...
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Mounting outdoors camera using aluminum 5052

I designed a simple U shape 2mm sheet metal bent mount for a 4kg outdoors CCTV camera. The mount was accidentally produced from 5052-H32 Aluminum instead of 6061-T6. Is it common to use 5052 ...
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What is the actual stress in a certain point in a body?

I'm reading my book on strength of materials and it says that the stress in a point depends on the orientation of the section that we are observing, and since there are infinite number of section that ...
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Calculating shaft diameter

I'm designing a circular shaft that's going to carry a spread radial load of about 200kg and also transmit a 160Nm torque. I'm not very familiar with materials but what I'm guessing I'll be able to ...
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Are UHMWPE helmets as protective as comparable Kevlar helmets?

I believe that UHMWPE is another term for Dyneema. Would one (either Kevlar or UHMWPE) last longer than the other? Over time do they both deteriorate at the same rate? I think Kevlar could lose its ...
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Analysis Of Planar Frame Using Hardy Cross Method (Moment Distribution) With Sway

The image shown below is a sketch of the structure/frame that I am attempting to analyse using the Hardy Cross (Moment Distribution) Method. I need to find the bending moments, axial forces and shear ...
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Is there a relationship between depth/diameter/etc… of meteoric craters and the strength (eg:compressive strength) of the target material (sand…)?

So I am trying to write a high school research paper (3700 words) on the topic above. I am not sure if there is such a relationship, but I think intuitively we can agree that different materials will ...
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Proof load for screwing into aluminium plate

I have a required clamping force for fastening two pieces of metal together, and am trying to work out if an m4 bolt will be sufficient. The pieces will be fastened without a nut, just a hole through ...
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Generating random samples for some concrete structural characteristics [closed]

I want to test a program that performs FRP concrete structural strengthening calculations according to a particular design code. As inputs for these calculation, there is existing concrete cross ...
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Locations of max stresses in a circular beam?

If a torque and axial force is applied to a beam with a circular cross section, where along the cross section of the circular beam is the location of the max shear stress, max bending moment, max ...
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Along which direction is the area moment of inertia taken in bending moment equation?

Is it in the same direction of the applied load or in the co-planar perpendicular direction to the load applied?
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Is a 1/8" AR400F steel plate strong enough, for 4,000 lbs?

I have a Ford F350 cab & chassis and a gooseneck trailer. For the gooseneck hitch I want to use a steel plate. The steel plate will be BOLTED to the frame, above the rear axle And the gooseneck ...
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How to compute core stress in honeycomb structure?

Assume I have a honecomb(sandwich) panel under distributed normal load. Each edge of this panel is simply supported(pinned) as on the picture below: The problem is how to find the core stresses σ-z (...
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What metal thickness and/or type is needed to support 100kg load?

I'm making a prototype that will have some load cells mounted approximately where the arrows are pointed in the image. The prototype will hold up to 100kg of load/force in the marked location thus I ...
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Thin or thick wall for expanding rubber pressure cylinder

If I want to expand a rubber cylinder by a certain internal volume - with all else held constant (type of material, length and radius (without constraining it), etc.) will a thinner or thicker walled ...
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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 ...