(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

For my engineering assignment we are working in a group to research, build, test, and write a report on an observation deck.

The little fork in the road we've hit is determining the tension in the cables. There needs to be a moment produced once there is between 20 and 30kg of a uniformly distributed load applied to the beam. We must take into consideration the weight of the beam.

The beam is attached to the middle pylon by a hinge. The deck must fail by the cables snapping/breaking, and nothing else (ie, no breaking of the beam).

We're stuck because we have no clue what sort of formulas/equations we should be using!?

Please help =)

2. Relevant equations

I know that there's the equations of equilibrium,

Sum of Fx = 0

Sum of Fy = 0

Sum of M = 0

And that,

M=Fd

3. The attempt at a solution

I've had no attempt at solving this equation =(

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# Homework Help: Observation Deck Assignment - Tension in Cables

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