copper rod

Solution to Problem 237 Statically Indeterminate

Problem 237

In Problem 236, how should the lengths of the two identical copper rods be changed so that each material will be stressed to its allowable limit?
 

Solution to Problem 236 Statically Indeterminate

Problem 236
A rigid block of mass M is supported by three symmetrically spaced rods as shown in Fig. P-236. Each copper rod has an area of 900 mm2; E = 120 GPa; and the allowable stress is 70 MPa. The steel rod has an area of 1200 mm2; E = 200 GPa; and the allowable stress is 140 MPa. Determine the largest mass M which can be supported.
 

Block supported by three rods

 

 
 
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