# Calculating Maximum Torque to Loosen Stuck RV Bolt

• Stratosphere
In summary, the maximum torque that can be exerted on the bolt by hanging from a 50 cm long wrench with a mass of 55 kg is 269 N-m. The units for torque are N-m and the length of the wrench is the moment arm.
Stratosphere

## Homework Statement

You are trying to loosen a stuck bolt on your RV using a big
wrench that is 50 cm long. If you hang from the wrench, and your
mass is 55 kg, what is the maximum torque you can exert on the
bolt?

## Homework Equations

T=Fr I did T=55kg*.5m

## The Attempt at a Solution

I thought the answer would be 27 kg m^2
It doesn't seem quit right though.

Force is not the same thing as mass. In this case, what kind of force results from your mass?

So you mean i have to turn the weight into GE or KE?How could it be GE if i don't know the height?

No, weight IS the force you want. But mass is not the same as weight.

But if it says 55kg or mass doesn't it mean weight?

no, mass is not the same as weight.use w=mg of F=ma

Weight is the force of gravity. The force of gravity equals mass * acceleration.

Mass is NOTTTTTTTTT the same as weight.

How do i know the velocity?

Let me reiterate with more definition:

Weight = mass * acceleration due to gravity (this will be, in most problems, a constant)

Acceleration due to gravity is otherwise known as g = 9.8 m/s^2.

Well, the acceleration is basically the pull of the earth, called acceleration due to gravity. It has a fixed value of 9.8 or approximately 10!

so the answer is 269.5? and using w=ma i got that the guy is 539 kilograms.

Oy... Weight, when calculated by kg and m/s^2, is in Newtons (N).

It would be 539 N, not kg. How can you multiply kg * m/s^2 and get kg?

And yes, that's the correct number in Newtons.

So the right answer is 269.5? What units would it be in?

Oh, sorry. Torque is force times the radius. You multiply the units of force and the units of the radius together to get the units of torque.

Figure it out.

Look at the equation to find units. Your equation is the most valuable thing you have to determine units.

torque=F*r correct? So units of Force are Newtons and units of radius are meters...

So wouldn't it make sense to having units of torque be N*m?

Now I got 134. I did 539*.25m.

You meant to put 0.5 m, not 0.25m.

Example of finding your units:

What are the units of velocity?

We know velocity equals distance divided by time.

v = d/t
Distance is usually in meters, and time is usually in seconds.
units of v = units of distance / units of time
units of v = meters / seconds
units of v = m/s

Do the same for torque.

so can any at least tell if its wrong?

Read my entire posts...

Let me recommend that the OP read :
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weight#Weight_and_mass

Torque is based on the distance the Force acts.

Hence m*g*Lhandle = Torque in units of N-m

As for the answer 134 it looks like the Length of the handle is not used correctly.

So now i got 269 if i don't use the radius of the handle.

so if no one answers i guess i have it right then. Right?

Stratosphere said:
So now i got 269 if i don't use the radius of the handle.

Looks OK. Units are N-m right?

The radius of the handle?

Think Length not radius. The wrench is a moment arm of length .5m

## 1. How do I calculate the maximum torque needed to loosen a stuck RV bolt?

To calculate the maximum torque needed, you will need to know the size and material of the bolt, as well as the type of thread on the bolt. You can then use a torque formula, such as Torque = Force x Distance, to determine the maximum torque required.

## 2. What is the best method for loosening a stuck RV bolt?

The best method for loosening a stuck RV bolt will depend on the specific situation. Some common methods include using penetrating oil, heat, or a specialized bolt loosening tool. It is important to carefully assess the situation and choose the safest and most effective method.

## 3. How much force should I use when trying to loosen a stuck RV bolt?

The amount of force needed to loosen a stuck RV bolt will vary depending on the size and condition of the bolt. It is important to start with a moderate amount of force and gradually increase it if needed. Applying too much force can strip the bolt or cause damage to the surrounding area.

## 4. What should I do if the bolt is still stuck after applying the maximum torque?

If the bolt is still stuck after applying the maximum torque, it is important to reassess the situation. You may need to try a different method, such as using a stronger penetrating oil or a different type of tool. It is also recommended to seek help from a professional if you are having difficulty loosening the bolt.

## 5. Are there any safety precautions I should take when trying to loosen a stuck RV bolt?

Yes, there are several safety precautions to keep in mind when trying to loosen a stuck RV bolt. It is important to wear protective gear, such as gloves and safety glasses, to avoid injury. You should also make sure the RV is properly supported and stable before attempting to loosen the bolt. If using heat or chemicals, be sure to follow all safety instructions and work in a well-ventilated area.

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