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Force required for a gas spring to open a load

  1. Jul 14, 2005 #1
    I am trying to figure out the force required for a gas spring to open a load; in this case a glass plate framed in metal square tubing.

    It boils down to a equation I can't seem to figure out. Although I did find an example of someone trying to figure out the force needed for a truck cover to open and stay open at https://www.physicsforums.com/archive/t-11487_Torque,_Force,_and_a_truck_cover....html [Broken]
    But it was all greek to me (no pun intended).

    My scenario is very similar. But I just don't have the knowledge to figure it out!

    Can anybody help?
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  3. Jul 14, 2005 #2


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    Treefrog : Please provide a complete description (with dimensions, of course) of the arrangement. A simple figure would be much better and prevent any kind of confusion or misinterpretation.
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