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Calculate moment of inertia of a "L" angle bent in a parabola

  1. Jan 27, 2015 #1
    I want to calculate moment of inertia of an angle L bent in form of a parabola. The parabola is attatcehd to a H section bent in form of a circle such that the center of circle and focus of parabola lie at the same point. I want to know how to calculate the moment of inertia for the whole assembly
     
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  3. Jan 27, 2015 #2

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    Shaheen, welcome to PF! :)

    This forum is provided by new members to introduce themselves. You should not post anything here but "Hi, I'm Shaheen, and I'm new to PF" and other such introductions. I'm sure you don't introduce yourself to your friends by saying, "I have this beam bent in the shape of a parabola ..."

    If you wish to start a thread with a technical question, PF has several different forums in which to post. Good Luck!
     
  4. Jan 27, 2015 #3

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    Note: this thread was moved here from the "New Member Introductions" forum, where SteamKing saw it.
     
  5. Jan 27, 2015 #4

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    To be clear, are you talking about calculating the mass moment of inertia of this construction?
     
  6. Jan 30, 2015 #5
    Yes i am talking about mass moment of inertia.
     
  7. Jan 30, 2015 #6

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    Do you have any drawings or sketches of this construction?
     
  8. Feb 2, 2015 #7
    Yes this is the diagram. The parabola and half circle are connected trough trusses
     

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  9. Feb 2, 2015 #8

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    Since this assembly appears to have been created in some sort of CAD program, there may be a utility in the program which will calculate the MMOI for you. If the particular program you used to create this assembly does not have this functionality, perhaps your design can be exported to a program which can calculate the MMOI.

    In any event, calculating the MMOI could conceivably be done manually by means of a mass take-off, but it would be a pretty tedious process.
     
  10. Feb 2, 2015 #9
    Can you tell me the basic method to calculate manually MMOI?
     
  11. Feb 2, 2015 #10

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    Not in a few words.

    Let me ask you this. Have you ever taken a university course in dynamics? Studied integral calculus?
     
  12. Feb 2, 2015 #11
    Yes, currently i am doing Mechanical Engineering
     
  13. Feb 2, 2015 #12

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    Well, this structure is no simple shape like you find in typical course work problems, so forget about using a few simple formulas. It will require a long slog thru the basic definition of the MMOI using calculus, along with a helping of the parallel axis theorem, rotated coordinate systems, etc.

    This was why I mentioned using a CAD program to do the calculations. It's a lot quicker and much less prone to error. IDK if you are using any particular CAD programs in your ME studies, but a package like Autodesk Inventor should have the tools necessary to do MMOI calculations for this structure.

    Even if you don't have access to Autodesk Inventor as part of your studies, you can download a free student edition:

    http://www.imaginit.com/software/autodesk-products/inventor
     
  14. Feb 2, 2015 #13
    Thanks for your help, I am using solid edge as a cad program. Basically i am doing a project which requires every calculation to be done. CAD will help but i want to do it mathematically. Using a cad i would just be an operator but i want to do it my self.
     
  15. Feb 2, 2015 #14

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    Good Luck!
     
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