# A Beam of rectangular cross section 200mm deep and 100mm wide

1. May 24, 2013

### forexpipz

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

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2. Relevant equations

M/I = σ/y = E/R This is the flexure or bending formula.

3. The attempt at a solution

a) = 8.333 kN
b) = 12.5 kN
c) = I can do this one

d)

This one is giving me some difficulty. If I increase the 200mm dimension by 20% the stress value goes down 8680 Newtons. I have played around with the other dimension but this could be a laborious process. Could someone please explain to me how I would go about this. Is there some sort of optimal ratio here. Can I use calculus and if so just how do i go about it? Much appreciated.
1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

2. Relevant equations

3. The attempt at a solution
1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

2. Relevant equations

3. The attempt at a solution

2. May 24, 2013

### haruspex

Yes, you'll need calculus. It seems intuitive to use as much cross-sectional area as allowed, but we need not assume that. I would approach it as supposing the area is fixed as A and optimising the ratio for that area. Having found that relationship, you can go about optimising the area.