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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Calculate mobile base weight to support adjustable arm

I want to calculate how heavy a mobile hydraulic post table base must be to support an adjustable monitor arm and monitor. Monitor (iMac) Specs: Height: 20.3 inches (51.6 cm) Width: 25.6 inches (65....
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Suitable tube materials for making a light-weight, heavy-load bearing structure [closed]

I am looking to build a detachable hammock stand structure for camping. I was originally thinking about making one out of PVC but I am in the UK and it isn’t cost effective as it looks like it needs ...
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best way to reinforce existing structural header?

House remodeling. I need to enlarge (from 7 to 10-12 ft) and shift (about 5ft sideways) an existing header where one passes between rooms. On one side, the header has 2x8 ceiling joists nailed to ...
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Deflections Of Statically Indeterminate Structures

When analysing and then designing a rigid jointed, statically indeterminate structure, I can solve for all the forces and moments using the Hardy Cross (Moment Distribution) Method. However, I am ...
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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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Earthquake time history analysis

Time history analysis of earthquakes for structures, is a NON-LINEAR dynamic method correct? Then why is there also something called "LINEAR response history analysis"? What is the difference of this ...
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Using strain energy to calculate deflection

I have a solids 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, (perhaps there was an issue setting up my deflection ...
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How to calculate a structure's ultimate load [closed]

Sorry in advance if this question is excessively noobish or seems lazy. I have no engineering background and am unsure where to get started tackling this problem. Links to resources that could put me ...
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How to derive fixed end moment of a beam fixed at both ends with a point force not in the center

So this is as far as I have gotten. The formulas written in green are the formulas that I have to find/ derive but I am hitting a wall. I know I am supposed to integrate but I am not sure where to go ...
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What is the linear strain for given lateral strain?

So, I am trying to calculate the linear strain of a shaft which is under plastic deformation in yielding region. The diameter is changing from 2d to 1.5d I'm assuming that the volumetric strain is ...
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Maximum I-beam girder S12x31.8 span

Does 200lb/in of load on a S12x31.8 over 15 feet seem reasonable? I'm having a tough time trusting the numbers. Two story house with an attic as below. Dotted lines show load bearing walls W1 and W2. ...
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Drop Panel Design Above Columns?

How to design a drop panel at a column in case the column above is rotated or not aligned to the below column (see image below), the code that i am using is the ACI Code if any reference for the ...
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Is a bridge more stable on concrete or soil?

I understand that foundations are used in structures to support and spread the weight of the bridge over a large area. However I am struggling to understand why certain materials such as concrete are ...
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Torsion on thin walled members

Is the formula $T=2qA$ valid for both open thin-walled and closed thin-walled members, where $T$ is torque, $q$ is shear flow, and $A$ is the area?
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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 do i calculate the load of a glass facade and is it placed uniformly on the edge of the slab or should i place a point load on each edge of the panel of the facade? And Can anyone give me a link ...
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How are these components called? [closed]

I need to build a structure like the one in the picture below. Basically, it is a pendulum that holds a measurement hammer and lets it oscillate without friction. I don't know how to find the two ...
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Maximum deflection of a beam, fixed in one end and concetrated load at free end [closed]

A 2 m long beam fixed in one side with a 2000 kg concentrated load at free end. Profile of the beam is HEB100 material S235. I would like to know if the beam will break under this load. If ...
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How do I fabricate a sphere? [closed]

I'm want to make a 2 meters wide sphere that should be circular enough as a giant hamster ball! I could make it of some sort of strong plastic or steel. It should have a hatch on top that can be ...
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How is any kind of structural reliability achieved if the probability of annual wind speed exceedance is 0.02?

Above is the definition of fundamental basic wind velocity from Eurocode 1. According to its instructions, wind loads on building are supposed to be calculated based on this velocity. It says that ...
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Why isn't there yet such a thing as a “Minimum Life Module” standard and concept deployed? [closed]

Why are large companies not producing, selling and maintaining the concept of "Minimum Life Modules"? What I mean is a standardized "module" hosting exactly one human being, with ...
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How to measure the stiffness of a rectangular beam, and compare it to a triangular beam?

I'm an amateur at engineering, working more on musical instruments, and I'm often in confusion regarding what exactly constitutes stiffness of a beam for a load applied on it so it could resist ...
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reaction of structure

all is this sturcture stable ? or structural determinate ? Let the top support as A , bottom support as B , By taking moment about A, i managed to get 10(4*4)/2 -HA(2) = 0 , HA = 40kN, HA = HB = ...
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Question on the determinacy of frame structures

I have been working on a program to solve frame problems, and I have used the following formula for determining whether a frame is statically determinate: $$RD=3m + r-3j-s,$$ where: $m$ is the number ...
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Why does stress act a point instead of on an entire area normal to the stress?

I've often heard stress acts at a point and not on an entire cross-sectional area to which the load is applied normally. Im a little confused here, Let us consider an area of cross-section ...
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Pin joint system displacement question

A pinned system comprising bars of the same material and cross-sectional area is subjected to a vertical load P. I am required to form a relationship between FAB and P. The first part of the ...
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How to get corrugated plastic roofing strips to span 3m for rainwater exclusion experiment without building additional ground supports?

I'm trying to build structures to exclude some percentage of rainwater on experimental plots. I have three 20ft beam supports across the plot, spaced 3m apart and held in place by 4x4 posts that were ...
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Looking to design a cantilever support to hold up an 80kg projector

I need to make a support (preferably metal) for a projector to be fixed on the wall. The projector size is: Width: 0.7m Length: 1.1m Weight: 80kg If anyone knows how i can solve this please let me ...
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Vibration table for tests (7-200Hz) from extruded aluminium profiles bolted together - good idea (?)

I need to design a vibration table (approx. 1000mx1000mm) to test products between 7-200Hz. I was wondering if it is recommended to make the table structure from standardised, extruded aluminum ...
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Disguising tall exhaust stacks

While architectural features are oftentimes more aesthetic than they are technically complex, this still seemed like a suitable question for here. I am working on a project for an industrial type ...
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Loadcell / strain gauge sizing for a joist

I am looking to use some load cells (foil based type) to detect presence for home automation within in a room. I was looking to mount some loadcells to the joists for the floor (UK Based house so ...
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Positions of Max Load a human would exert on horizontal rods of such a system by positioning leverage & bodyweight?

My mechanical & civil engineering usage is gone as the last time I did that was in Freshman year & my major went in another direction, but I've tried to be as thorough as possible using a ...
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Hinge joint for flat panels that can also flex horizontally?

I have to design a science display board consisting of 20 panels 2m x 2m high and wide, which can fold up as a giant pamphlet. The difficulty is how to load and unload them from a lorry in less than ...
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Is it possible to use Plain Cement Concrete post for fencing?

I am in need of around 700-800 posts to fence my farm in a semi-arid area in TN state, India. In my place granite posts mined from quarries are normally used. It costs around Rs 300-400 per post(6-7ft)...
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Wind behavior and pattern

From the 5 options, which one shows the worse wind effect? Is it (b) because wind speeds accelerate through a gap? But how about in comparison to (c)? Or (d) due to the height and sharp corners? If it'...
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Do any roller coasters actually use the brachistochrone curve?

Not sure if this is the right place to ask this. But I'm assuming roller coasters are related to engineering. I know that in theory, the brachistochrone curve is the fastest way from point A to point ...
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Deflection Of Beam In Structural Rigid Jointed Frame

This is a recommended follow on to one of my previous questions. It was stated that I could find the deflections of a beam by idealising it as a simply supported beam and then calculating accordingly. ...
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Shock/Isolation mounting under tension

I want to secure a box (roughly 20kg in total) that contains electronic equipment to the underside of a flat steel structure. We can weld onto the underside. The steel structure has a high chance of ...
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Need help with FEA bar analysis problem

I'm trying to solve this which is to find the total deformation of the bar. I'm trying to implement the finite element approach, but I am getting way too large of numbers. Here is what I did in ...
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Optimal method of attaching commercially-available heavy bag mount to finished ceiling with least risk of structural damage

Admittedly, this question is related to an earlier one on the same subject. I would like to mount a heavy bag using a system detailed in the attached picture (FirstLaw Fitness Shock Mount). The ...
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A Steel post and base question

I make solid curved wood furniture and frequently need something like a metal plate (1/8") with a (3/4" about) supporting pipe attached at 90 degrees. Welding is a little too cumbersome but I was ...
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Independent constraints - Procedure to verify it

I am wondering if there is a procedure to verify that the constraints of a system of rigid bodies are independent. Here there is an example of a system with dependent constraints: L beam - Strange ...
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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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I'm trying to figure out what size of round tube to use for a tensegrity structure that'll probably have people climbing on it. The rigid elements are 21' steel tubes, and in normal cases they ...
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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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Unable to obtain closed system of equations using method of joints

I am currently working on some code to solve 2-dimensional truss and frame problems, and I have come into an issue with one of the problems. I need to come up with a system of linear equations that I ...
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Could a string of large offshore wind towers support a Hyperloop tube? [closed]

I live on the east coast of Australia, where a Hyperloop faces the challenges that we have a mountain range pretty much right up against the coast, where most people live. There's very little flat ...