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Force on a body in a canister

  1. Dec 12, 2011 #1
    Hi all,

    Some of you will find this a dumb question but my brain has seized up.


    Imagine you have a canister, say 200mm diameter and 500mm high, and inside the canister you have a vertical bracket positioned in the centre of the bottom face of the can, and is about 250mm long, so it reaches half way up the inside of the can. On the top of the bracket you have a weight.
    If a force hit the top part of the canister would the bracket move, because of the weight on it, or would it stay still?

    (If you need some values for the bracket and mass, assume bracket is 50mm wide and 1.5mm thick made of steel, and the mass is 10kg)



  2. jcsd
  3. Dec 13, 2011 #2
    If something hits the top of the canister then the bracket will not move with respect to the canister unless the force is so great that it breaks through or deforms the canister
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