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Basic physics- chain strength question.

  1. Feb 28, 2008 #1
    A chain always breaks ath the weakest link. Right?

    Where would a chain break if all the links were of equal strength, shape, shape, size... equal in every way. Ignore all tolerance rules, this is hypothetical!

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  3. Feb 29, 2008 #2

    Andy Resnick

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    It would most likely break in a stochastic fashion- a thermal fluctuation in some property would lead to local weakening, causing that link to break. Which link broke would be random.
  4. Feb 29, 2008 #3


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    It depends on the orientation and use of the chain.
    A chain would break where the tension is greatest.
    For instance, a hanging chain would break at the top.
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