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4 Point Reaction

  1. Jan 21, 2010 #1
    I'm pretty rusty on my statics. I'm wondering how I could determine the reaction at four points arranged in a rectangle, with a force acting in the x direction at a distance away from the plate I have shown in this graphic. I seem to remember the term statically indeterminate, I think this applies, but is there any way to figure out the forces that each of these corners see? (Assume the points are fixed to the floor.)

    Thanks in advance.

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  3. Jan 21, 2010 #2


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    Welcome to PF!

    Hi larocket83! Welcome to PF! :smile:
    You're right, it is statically indeterminate … you can calculate the forces for a table on three legs, but not on four legs (basically because if you take one leg away, the table will still stand up … or, mathematically, because you have more unknowns than equations).

    Of course, you can solve it, but you need one more equation …

    in this case, you need to know how bendy the table is. :wink:
  4. Jan 21, 2010 #3
    wow, this is incredibly awesome. if the bendy-ness were given, what kind of quantity would that come as?

    also, are tensors used to solve this problem?
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    A modulus … see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modulus_of_elasticity" [Broken] :smile:
    Maybe … bendy-ness depends on lots of things (it's flexible :wink:).
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