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Fracture HELP!

  1. Jan 11, 2006 #1
    I need help getting started on this.
    Question:
    An iron bolt is used to connect two iron plates together. The bolt must withstand shear forces up to about 3200 N. Calculate the minimum diameter for the bolt, based on a saftey factor of 6.0.
    Here is what I know so far.
    Shear Strength is 170 x10^6
    F/A
    I don't even know where to start? Do I need a mass?
     
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2006
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  3. Jan 11, 2006 #2

    Pyrrhus

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    Well, what have you done?. Remember the bolt is in simple shear (it cuts in 1 plane)
     
  4. Jan 11, 2006 #3
    I don't understad what you just said. I'm not good with physics at all. Can you explain that to me please.
     
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