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 Cantilever Structure (Posted on 2010-02-26)

The cantilever structure shown in the figure consists of 4n-1 struts of the same length plus one that is half that length. Each strut can handle a maximum tension force T before it will snap and a maximum compression force C before it will buckle. The structure is connected to a wall at points B and C. A weight W is attached at point A. The weight W is increased until two struts fail - one from tension and the other from compression.

What is the value of the ratio C/T if n = 25?

Consider the struts as weightless.

 See The Solution Submitted by Bractals Rating: 3.0000 (1 votes)

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(In reply to Soultion (spoiler) by Kenny M)

I think you should simplify your answer and then see what you get for n=25.
 Posted by Bractals on 2010-02-27 06:35:01

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