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P=F/A

We have 5 blocks with a combined area of 20 in^2 and we want to apply a pressure of 35 PSI to them. Therefore F(total) for the entire Area is ~700 lbs. This is what the machine reads.

If we put the load cell on top of the blocks it should read 700 lbs (the total force applied) correct?

However, then each block should relieve the force of 140 lb (700/5), correct? Or does each block receive 700 lb?

If we put the load cell

*next*to our blocks and therefore adding support to the entire load. will it read 700 lb or will it read 700 lb/(5+load cell)= ~140lb? do all the blocks receive 700 lbs or is it divided evenly among each block?

My boss with a pHD says the load cell should read 700 lb (the force) but it's divided among the blocks right?