# Moments - Crane

## Homework Statement

A crane with jib AB, 7m long. Centre of gravity 3m from A, inclined at 30 degrees to the vertical.
The horizontal tie is attached at C, 5m from A.
If the mass of the jib is 200kg and the load at B is 600kg, what is the tension in the tie.

http://img139.imageshack.us/img139/2818/cranezu9.jpg [Broken]

## Homework Equations

$$\sum {M_{CW} } = \sum {M_{ACW} }$$

## The Attempt at a Solution

OK, well if we take the pivot about the point A, we have;
$$\begin{array}{l} \sum {M_{CW} } = \sum {M_{ACW} } \\ \left( 3 \right)\left( {200 \times 9.8} \right) + \left( 7 \right)\left( {600 \times 9.8} \right) = \left( 5 \right)\left( {T\sin 30} \right) \\ \Rightarrow T = \frac{{5880 + 41160}}{{2.5}} = 18816N \\ \end{array}$$

This tension seems very high for the system.

Could someone please explain the principle behind the Tension and angle components of the crane, because I don't think I fully understand it.

Steven.

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## Homework Statement

A crane with jib AB, 7m long. Centre of gravity 3m from A, inclined at 30 degrees to the vertical.
The horizontal tie is attached at C, 5m from A.
If the mass of the jib is 200kg and the load at B is 600kg, what is the tension in the tie.

http://img139.imageshack.us/img139/2818/cranezu9.jpg [Broken]

## Homework Equations

$$\sum {M_{CW} } = \sum {M_{ACW} }$$

## The Attempt at a Solution

OK, well if we take the pivot about the point A, we have;
$$\begin{array}{l} \sum {M_{CW} } = \sum {M_{ACW} } \\ \left( 3 \right)\left( {200 \times 9.8} \right) + \left( 7 \right)\left( {600 \times 9.8} \right) = \left( 5 \right)\left( {T\sin 30} \right) \\ \Rightarrow T = \frac{{5880 + 41160}}{{2.5}} = 18816N \\ \end{array}$$

This tension seems very high for the system.

Could someone please explain the principle behind the Tension and angle components of the crane, because I don't think I fully understand it.

Steven.
You are not evaluating the moments correctly. The moment of a force about a point is equal to the force times the perpendicular distance from the line of action of the force to the point.

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Draw a free body diagram. That should help you see what you need to do to solve this. Its actually just a one step problem.

"The moment of a force about a point is equal to the force times the perpendicular distance from the line of action of the force to the point."

So for taking the moments about the point A:
The centre of mass for the jib has moment; (3sin30)(200x9.8)

Following this procedure;
(3sin30)(200x9.8) + (7sin30)(600x9.8) = 5T
therefore T = 4704N

PhanthomJay
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"The moment of a force about a point is equal to the force times the perpendicular distance from the line of action of the force to the point."

So for taking the moments about the point A:
The centre of mass for the jib has moment; (3sin30)(200x9.8)

Following this procedure;
(3sin30)(200x9.8) + (7sin30)(600x9.8) = 5T
therefore T = 4704N
Almost there. But the perpendicular distance from the tension force tothe point is (5)sin60, right?

ya but thats not perpendicular.. thats horizontal, its COS not sin

ya exactly cos30 or sin60.. either works

OK so this perpencidular distance we are looking for the is the distance 'x' in the diagram yea?

http://img165.imageshack.us/img165/5121/craneforcepp2.jpg [Broken]

cos30 = x / 5
the distance x is the 5cos30

Using this;
(3sin30)(200x9.8) + (7sin30)(600x9.8) = 5cos30T
therefore T = 5.43x10^3 N

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Its the distance to the line of action of the force, which is infinite.

PhanthomJay
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OK so this perpencidular distance we are looking for the is the distance 'x' in the diagram yea?

http://img165.imageshack.us/img165/5121/craneforcepp2.jpg [Broken]

cos30 = x / 5
the distance x is the 5cos30

Using this;
(3sin30)(200x9.8) + (7sin30)(600x9.8) = 5cos30T
therefore T = 5.43x10^3 N
Correct.

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excellent :)
thanks for your help Vidatu and PhanthomJay