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Simple tension

  1. Oct 18, 2006 #1
    What's the definition of simple tension?
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  3. Oct 18, 2006 #2


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    In what context? Do you mean like tension in a rope? That's just the force being applied to one end of the rope, which shows up as tension all along the length of the rope to some anchor point. Maybe there's a more technical definition, given some context?
  4. Oct 18, 2006 #3
    imagine a horizontal shaft for example.....now take any section in it.....now when the forces r such that they act away from each other in that particular section then the shaft is said to be in tension and the forces r called tensile or simply tension forces...
    and compression forces r vice versa....get the picture????

    So the definition of simple tension is that the forces are acting away from each other in a member
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  5. Oct 19, 2006 #4
    so it means that simple tension has no compression?
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