1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data There are 4 axial forces that are applied to 25mm thick structural steel bar with 40mm diameter . If the maximum allowable tensile stress in the bar is 135MPa and the maximum allowable deformation (extension or contraction) of bar is 1.25mm , determine the minimum width , w of the bar , E = 200GPa 2. Relevant equations 3. The attempt at a solution i have divided the bar into 3 sections , namely AB , BC and also CD. For part AB, the force acting on it 90kN tensile force , for BC , the force acting on it is 50kN compressive force , for CD, the force acting is 220kN tensile force. ) We know that δ(defomation ) = PL / AE , where P - force , L = length of bar , A = area so i let 1.25x10^-3 = ((90x10^3)(250x10^-3) - (50x10^3)(500x10^-3) + (220x10^3)(750x10^-3) / (25x10^-3 x w x 200x10^9) , so w = 26mm , but the ans given is w = 65 mm , which part of my working is wrong ?