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Calculate Maximum Load of a U Bracket

  1. Mar 25, 2016 #1
    I have a hydraulic cylinder that can lift up to 3 metric tons and I want to attach it to an arm.

    The bracket is in a rigid U shape (right angles only, no round corners), with a round pin going through it.

    At first I thought it'd be a simple bending stress calculation, but there is a giant hole in the bracket for where the pin will be inserted.

    So... how should I approach this problem? How do you calculate how much weaker the bracket will be with the pin hole?
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  3. Mar 25, 2016 #2

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