I have a rotating plate with a "ramp" or wedge growing out of the perimeter of the plate. The wedge is perpendicular to the plate. The diameter of the plate is 8' so the circumference is 25.12'. For the sake of this calculation, assume that the bottom of the wedge is 20' across and the height of the wedge at the end is 2'. What I need to know is how to calculate the outward force exerted by the wedge (this would be the force perpendicular to the plate). I know the torque that I will apply (the force parallel to the plate): 52,920 ft/lbs.

Any help would make a sane man out of me.

Thanks!

Matt