by Calvin5767
Tags: downward, force
 P: 2 I am making a soil container of size 1meter x 1 meter x 0.60 meter or (3.2feet x 3.2 feet x 1.9 feet) with soils in it, it weights approx 2000 pounds/900 kg. I want to know, how can i reduce the downward force of that 900kg. (the bottom of the container can be slide open, hence i need a lower downward force, so that its lighter to slide) I found a way to do that by putting a beam on the middle of the container, is there a more effective way? Thank you geniuses
Homework
HW Helper
Thanks
P: 12,974
Welcome to PF;
 I am making a soil container of size 1meter x 1 meter x 0.60 meter or (3.2feet x 3.2 feet x 1.9 feet) with soils in it, it weights approx 2000 pounds/900 kg. I want to know, how can i reduce the downward force of that 900kg.
You can't.

The force is due to gravity acting on the mass - so you could reduce the soil volume.

What you want it to make it easier for the bottom to slide open.
Assuming contact with the ground is not the problem, but soil pressing from above, you need to reduce the pressure of the soil.

You can do that by:
1. tilting the container so the bottom is no longer horizontal;
2. placing something between the sliding thing and the soil (to reduce the friction);
3. change the sliding whatever with a hinged one - then the weight will help it open;
4. make the slider smaller.
 P: 28 you can increase the bottom surface area of container, so the pressure on bottom decrease. to maintain the constant amount of soil, you can decrease the height of container.
P: 2