# Questions tagged [structures]

Questions relating to or the engineering application of a device that must withstand a loading via deflection, stresses, resistance to buckling, or natural frequencies.

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### Trying to shed some weight on my design, any thoughts?

I am trying to design a lifting mechanism and I would love some insight/opinions as to how I can shed some weight off it. The current weight I have for my mechanism is 187.5kg, however, this is ...
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### Stress yield of a specimen, result confusion

I am trying to calculate the static yield stress of a specimen using the 0.2% offset line on a stress strain curve. I found the static yield stress of the specimen to be the number in bold (104.1239). ...
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### Calculating the Structural Forces Required to Support a Robot on an Overhanging Beam

this is my first time posting on here and I have a question regarding the structural properties a beam will need in order to fulfill some requirements we have for our robotics team. The scenario is as ...
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### Determining σxx on a 3d system with resolved forces (stress, strain, shear strain energy)

I am having trouble conceptualizing this problem. I have attempted it but am confused about a few things, I would highly appreciate any insight or advice for this. I know you need to resolve P into ...
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### Caulculating maximum shear stress at certain points

I have a structures problem I cannot solve, I have the answer and I have attempted the question. I just need to know where I am going off track. Any assistance would be highly appreciated. My work is ...
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### Determine the strain energy of a bar

I have a Structures question about determining strain energy that I am unable to solve. I have attempted it and I have the answer, I would appreciate if if someone can just tell me where I am going ...
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### What is the effective depth of a beam with two layers of tension reinforcement?

In EC2 for calculating crack width and deflection, does the effective depth d refers to the depth from compression face to centroid of the tension reinforcement or is that calculated to the centroid ...
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### Transfer of moments in beams with internal hinges

We have a beam with 1 internal hinge just like the picture. We know the internal hinge can not transfer moments between AB and BD. We know the 30 kN force makes some moments on BD & AB. If B (...
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### Normal stress - shear stress pairs not lying on Mohrs' Circles

The three Mohr's circles depict all the possible normal stress / shear stress combinations when material is taken and rotated along one of it's axes of principal stress. Nevertheless, it is clear that ...
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### Beam element stiffness matrix for variable area cross section with mass and shear center not coinciding

I would like to find the full (12 by 12) Timoshenko beam element stiffness matrix for a variable cross section with mass center axis and elastic center does not coincide. I have the full stiffness ...
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### How to design a shelving unit out of McMaster Carr Struts? [closed]

I apologize for the complete beginner question. I'm an Undergraduate Research Assistant trying to design a shelving 8'tall by 10' Long, 4' wide shelving unit to support about 200 lbs. I'm designing ...
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### How much ballast is required in 110 mph winds to stabilize: a 60 lb., 20’ pole; 3' below ground/17’ above ground, with a 24lb. wind turbine atop it?

I can’t seem to find an answer that doesn’t involve more than a ton and a half of concrete. The manual for the wind turbine reports that the load on the turbine in a 110 mph wind is only 155 ...
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### Why we don't use fillets while making buildings?

Why don't we use fillets when making buildings and houses (i.e why do we leave the edges sharp?)? Does stress concentration factor not matter in making structures? I am talking about the building ...
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### How to support height extender on a rail?

I've got an 1/8" thick steel rail with 1.5" diameter and 15' in length sitting on two 5/32" thick steel rails with 2.5" diameter and 100" in length 14' apart: I want to add a diagonal support for a ...
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### How to structurally bind bamboo stems for loads?

I would like to begin a case study in structural design using bamboo, which has currently become available to me. The design instance I would like to structurally copy is the Rogue RM-6 "Monster Rack" ...
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### 3D construction [closed]

Can someone please tell you what to start with to construct a Kids Bike Trailer as 3D. It should select material and geometry. I think I should start sketching with forces (children's weight) and ...
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### What is the advantage of statically indeterminate structures?

Most of the real life structures are statically indeterminate. What is the benefit of designing a statically indeterminate structure instead of a statically determinate one? I don't mean only beams ...
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### Column Buckling: Which is more useful to plot; Buckling Load vs Slender Ratio, or, Stress vs Slender Ratio [closed]

Both have a linear relationship, is there any merit in plotting one over the other?
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### Check of a nominaly pinned steel joint

I am interested how to check a nominally pined joint. Especially how to check its rotational capacity and whether i can define it as nominally pinned in structural fem model. I understand that there ...
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### Percentage error in calculated Forces during simple structural analysis for a truss pin-jointed strucures

I am currently trying to design a simple truss (pin-jointed) structure able to withstand a 1.2 kN load. I carried all the analysis and found the forces, stresses and strains in the members. My ...
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### How to calculate a global strain from a field disitribution

For an arbitrary articulated structure subject to non-affine (non homogeneous) deformations, the components of the strain tensor are defined locally. Is there a way to calculate a numerical strain ...
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I've been working on a schematic and its been going beyond my comprehension; so i thought i should consult better structural engineers here. (I'm a fresh Civil Engr Graduate though) i have this ...
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### Iron Prince Rupert's drop [closed]

I'm wondering if molten iron was hurled into outer space if it might create a shape similar to a Prince Rupert's drop. Like, say, if a star had finally exhausted it's fuel and exploded.
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### HELP Please! Depth of member

What is meant by "depth of member" and what is the formula of it? Can I use it in moment of inertia formula? How to use the given information to answer the question? and Thank you.
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### How can I absorb shock on an existing steel structure?

I'm currently trying to extend the shock-absorbing capabilities of a welded steel structure that is shown in the following image. It is a structure that supports a slat conveyor. A load is to fall ...
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### Projected area in hoop's stress structural mechanics

While calculating hoop's stress we consider projected area. Infact in bearing stress from pins in a truss something similar is applicable.Can you explain why we are taking something like this instead ...
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### What lining design holds better for a tunnel? Spiral lining or cylindrical lining?

Hy everyone :) I don't know much about structural engineering, maybe spiral lining and cylindrical lining are not the proper ...
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### How to calculate bending of shell

I'm an electrical engineer, so please bear with me :). I came across this situation and I tried to find some equations to solve it, but all I could find was some Finite Element Theory, and I was ...
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### Vertical Linear Actuator Sway Movement

I'm designing something with a vertical linear actuator. It is a quite large actuator lifting a load. I'm anticipating sway from the actuator as it moves up and down so I'm creating a support ...
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### How should I position two shelf supports for the minimum deflection? [duplicate]

The above is the shelf that I'm intending to put up. It will have two symmetrically placed supports. This is probably a simple question that really should be answered in all DIY shops but... ...
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### Does the use of the catenary in an inverted weight model imply a more solid structure?

I am studying Gaudí and how does he created some of his work. I found that he used inverted weight models (as the shown in the picture below) to recreate the catenary. In many articles it is pointed ...
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