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Statics: finding forces in frame

  1. Jan 11, 2016 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    When the piston CD is lowered, ACB and CBE are horizontal, and they ask for the force in piston CD.

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    So first we look at the entire frame ACDBE, and we sum moments at A:
    -(14)(2500) + 24E(suby) = 0; E(suby) = 1458
    Then A(suby) is 1041 since they both total 2500
    A(subx) = 0 since no horiz forces; E(subx) = 0 since it is a roller.
    So far so good.
    Now we dismember and end up with 2 legs: CBE, and ACB. We don't know the force at B, and we are looking for the value of C, but we have 2 equations and 2 unknowns, so this should be solvable.
    On the bottom leg, we sum moments about A:
    4C -14(2500)-18B=0 (assume B is downward)
    On the top leg, we sum moments about E:
    -6B + 10(2500) - 20C=0 (assume B is opposite and therefore up)
    We multiply the top equation by 5 so the C values cancel; top equation becomes
    We're left with B= -1562
    Which yields a value of 103 for C. The book's answer is 1339 for C.
    Point me in the right direction please. Is this an error in logic, math, or something else? Thank you in advance :^)


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  3. Jan 12, 2016 #2


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    How is member ACB 'aware' of the 2500lb weight?
  4. Jan 13, 2016 #3
    Thank you thank you thank you.....it was such a D'Oh mistake:oops:, but I just couldn't see that I was counting the 2500LB force twice! When I took the 2500LB force away from the bottom arm, the problem almost solved itself, and I got the same answer as the book gives.
  5. Jan 13, 2016 #4


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    Glad to hear it.
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