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Couple and Force

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I do not understand the solution of this example.

It says that in order to eliminate the last couple, we can apply the force F at another point C. But how do they move the force from O to C just like that?
 

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PhanthomJay
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There is no force applied at O, just the couple is applied at O. A couple is a free vector that can be moved anywhere and still produce the same torque about any point. As long as you have a force-couple system, you can represent the couple and force as a single force applied at a single point, as long as the sum of forces do not change. Here, you have a 400 N force and a couple....the equivalent force must be 400 N applied at a certain poinr to give the same torque as was produced by the couple and force in their original position.
 

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