# Iron bar bending force

1. Jun 13, 2008

### cooper1

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

Given an iron bar, of round cross-section, fixed by its extremities
(bar measures 152 mm in length and 4.8 mm in diameter),
a weight of 88.5 kgs is hung from its middle, bending it at least
90 degrees.

How much weight/force would be needed to bend another
bar of the same material and size, but of hexagonal or square
section?

2. Relevant equations

Torque = Force * R

Sin(90°) * R

3. The attempt at a solution

Haven't got any idea. There should
be something lacking in the text or
more probably some calculus skills
given as knows and hence omitted.

Hope you could clear up this question,
$$I = \int r^2\, dA$$