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Homework Help: Equivalent Spring Constant

  1. May 10, 2014 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Q) Derive the expression for the equivalent spring constant that relates the applied force F to the
    resulting displacement x of the system shown in Fig. 1.86. Assume the displacement of the
    link to be small.

    2. Relevant equations
    I have solved the question but when i checked it on the solution manual, the answer was different. In the solution manual they have approximated the extensions of all the springs as the same but i think they will be different.
    Please let me know whether my method is correct or the one in the solution manual.


    solution manual:

    3. The attempt at a solution
    There are 2 methods and each leading to different values of Keq. Which method should i follow?
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  3. May 10, 2014 #2
    Figure 1.86 wasn't posted but based on the information you provided, I think I like your solution better.
  4. May 10, 2014 #3
    Thanks for your reply.
    Figure 1.86 is the same as what is drawn in my working.
  5. May 10, 2014 #4


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    The only thing that is not absolutely clear from your two attachments is whether the different stiffness of k1, k2, k3 are meant to be the "real" stiffness, or the effective stiffness including effect of the different displacements as the arm rotates.

    Assuming they are the real stiffness of the 3 springs, I think your answer is correct.
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