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Pushing capacity of a human being

  1. Jan 10, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Does anyone know the average pushing force a human being can exert?

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I did some research online but didn't find anything.
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  3. Jan 11, 2009 #2
    I think the question is rather ambiguous. 1. with help of pulley or any other simple machine? 2. account for muscle (prob?) 3. friction?

    I looked up "strongest man alive" and I got: Mariusz Pudzianowski

    So I guess you can look at his stats and conclude on that.
  4. Jan 12, 2009 #3
    I believe the average maximum force would be around 175 kilonewtons
  5. Jan 14, 2009 #4

    Gib Z

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    Are you sure about that? Thats 18 tonnes of weight. Seems a bit much.
  6. Jan 14, 2009 #5
    woops i meant 17.5
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