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Practical limits of a lever

  1. Mar 11, 2006 #1

    wolram

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    If one is only considering the mechanics of a lever, what is the maximum
    a physically possible lever can lift ?
     
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  3. Mar 11, 2006 #2

    russ_watters

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    Your only limit is the physical strength of the lever arm and how high you want to lift the object.
     
  4. Mar 11, 2006 #3

    wolram

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    Thanks Russ, i understand this , i am more interested in material science
    and the limits it imposes on a lever.
     
  5. Mar 11, 2006 #4
    There are many factors which invole "limitations" to a lever.
    Perhaps the most constraining is the limit of covalent bond strength within the molecules of the lever itself.
     
  6. Mar 11, 2006 #5
    Wolram - I suspect you are nudging at the question of whether having a circular force (torque) has any significance on the material limits?
     
  7. Mar 12, 2006 #6

    wolram

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    Yes, better worded than my inept post.
     
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