How much force is on each spring in this device?

I have a grip strengthener which is rated at 7lbs. I'm wondering how that load is distributed among the seven springs. Would each spring offer 7lbs of resistance?

If I'm compressing the device all the way, how much force am I really applying?

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 Quote by pa5tabear Would each spring offer 7lbs of resistance?
Yes. The claim for that device is 7lbs per finger. Don't know how accurate that claim is.

 Quote by Doc Al Yes. The claim for that device is 7lbs per finger. Don't know how accurate that claim is.
If it's 7lbs per finger, how does that distribute across the two layers of springs, one of which is three, and the other four?

I'm guessing that the "four layer" will offer more resistance than the "three layer" and that each spring will be degenerate within the layer.

If each finger is supposed to experience 7lbs of resistance, then the combination of the individual spring resisistance and the resistance from the three springs divided among four fingers should add up to 7lbs.

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How much force is on each spring in this device?

 Quote by pa5tabear If it's 7lbs per finger, how does that distribute across the two layers of springs, one of which is three, and the other four?
If I'm understanding the picture properly.... Each of the four-layer springs is exerting a force of seven pounds on a single finger, and therefore also on the center bar. Thus the total downwards force on the center bar is 28 pounds.

This force is must be balanced by the upwards force of the three-layer springs, so the total force carried by these three springs is also 28 pounds (and it will be divided fairly evenly across the three if all four fingers are applying the same 7 pounds of force). 28/3 is about 9.3 pounds.

These three springs are therefore applying a total downwards force of 28 pounds on the bottommost bar. This is the force that must be balanced by the palm of your hand when you squeeze.

 Quote by Nugatory If I'm understanding the picture properly.... Each of the four-layer springs is exerting a force of seven pounds on a single finger, and therefore also on the center bar. Thus the total downwards force on the center bar is 28 pounds. This force is must be balanced by the upwards force of the three-layer springs, so the total force carried by these three springs is also 28 pounds (and it will be divided fairly evenly across the three if all four fingers are applying the same 7 pounds of force). 28/3 is about 9.3 pounds. These three springs are therefore applying a total downwards force of 28 pounds on the bottommost bar. This is the force that must be balanced by the palm of your hand when you squeeze.
Ah, that helps! Though I'm guessing all springs in the device are equal, and that the three-layer will only exert 21lbs of force, and therefore compress before the four-layer does. I'll test this out.

Does that mean that if I were to squeeze a scale with my hand, I could make it show 56 lbs?

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