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Structural Engineering Question

  1. Apr 19, 2015 #1
    Hello I am looking for help with the following:

    I am designing a piece of furniture where most of the person's weight will be taken on a metal (steel) rod resting on a wooden batten. I need to calculate the diameter of rod needed to ensure it is safe to sit on. As a chemical engineer I have looked at things like creep strength before, but this is more of a mechanical / structural engineering problem.

    Can anyone assist with this?
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  3. Apr 19, 2015 #2


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    Welcome to the PF.

    Sounds like the design has some problems. Why just a single rod? That doesn't sound very strong. Can you post a sketch?
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