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Hi,

I have a problem which you guys probably could help me solve or at least advise how to approach.

I am building a mechanical system that consists of 2 steel rods acting as rails and a platform that travels along. I need to find radius of curvature of a steel rod under stress to see by how much platform might go down.

The diagram kind of has the info, this is a static problem. Points A and B of course moving along the rod but the distance between them is constant. Two forces applied are equal. I have stated initial value of 50 N, but it would be useful to get idea on radius of curvature as function of force (but this is a later issue).

It will probably be sufficient to look at specific cases:

1. Platform near one end

2. Platform in the middle

I would really appreciate any advice.

I have a problem which you guys probably could help me solve or at least advise how to approach.

I am building a mechanical system that consists of 2 steel rods acting as rails and a platform that travels along. I need to find radius of curvature of a steel rod under stress to see by how much platform might go down.

The diagram kind of has the info, this is a static problem. Points A and B of course moving along the rod but the distance between them is constant. Two forces applied are equal. I have stated initial value of 50 N, but it would be useful to get idea on radius of curvature as function of force (but this is a later issue).

It will probably be sufficient to look at specific cases:

1. Platform near one end

2. Platform in the middle

I would really appreciate any advice.