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Homework Help: Finding stress in my design

  1. Feb 28, 2014 #1
    I'm trying my first design and want to make it successful before I actually make the product.
    I want to calculate what the stresses are and where they are likely to be.

    F is a varied load from -10 to 10 kN

    To find the critical points, should I check the points that i labeled A, B , C , D ?

    Which ones is most likely to have the most stress based on my design?
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  3. Feb 28, 2014 #2


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    That would seem to be a good start.

    It's hard to say based solely on a visual inspection of your gizmo. That's why you should challenge yourself and investigate the stresses. It would be more helpful if you had some calculations to review.
  4. Feb 28, 2014 #3


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    Without any other support, the thing will just accelerate quickly in the direction of the force - probably not a realistic scenario.
    Stress gets more interesting if the thing is attached to something else.
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