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How is the following question done?

An offset link is connected to 2 cables like shown in the image attached.

The offset link has a width 'w', of 200mm (or 0.2m) and a thickness of 35mm (or 0.035m). It has an allowable normal stress of 74 MPa.

What is the maximum load that can be applied to the cables?

Based on the values given, i'm assuming that the stress would need to be found.

So... Stress = F/A is relevant.

Not sure what other equations can be used

I have no idea how to approach this question. A friend gave me a hint and said to first find the critical location of failing (no idea how to do that either!).

## Homework Statement

An offset link is connected to 2 cables like shown in the image attached.

The offset link has a width 'w', of 200mm (or 0.2m) and a thickness of 35mm (or 0.035m). It has an allowable normal stress of 74 MPa.

What is the maximum load that can be applied to the cables?

## Homework Equations

Based on the values given, i'm assuming that the stress would need to be found.

So... Stress = F/A is relevant.

Not sure what other equations can be used

## The Attempt at a Solution

I have no idea how to approach this question. A friend gave me a hint and said to first find the critical location of failing (no idea how to do that either!).