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Homework Help: Thermal Stress and Spring Systems

  1. Feb 21, 2013 #1
    The rod is made of A-36 steel and has a diameter of 0.25 in and a length of 4 ft. Attached to each end of the rod is a spring which is fixed to a wall. If the springs are compressed 0.5 in. when the temperature of the rod is T=40 F, determine the force in the rod when its temperature is T=160 F. It is given that k=10,000 lb/in.

    Equations: F=kx, Thermal Deformation=alpha*change in temp*length

    Attempted Solution: Find the thermal deformation in the rod at T=160 F, then use this in F=kx to solve for F.

    I know the correct answer is 163 lbs, but I don't understand why.
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  3. Feb 22, 2013 #2

    rude man

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    Your approach is correct, why don't you carry it out? And what don't you understand?
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