In a cylinder & piston system, where is the weakest point on the cylinder (the point that will break under increasing pressure)?
You may assume the joint between edges are as strong as the material.
This is homework for A-level students.
P = F/A
Surface Area of Flat Surface= πr2
Surface Area of Curved Surface = 2πrl
The Attempt at a Solution
F = PA, if 2l > r, then curved surface will face more force and will break first?