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### What lifting mechanism is likely to have the best energy recovery ratio?

Suppose I was designing an apparatus which needed to lift 250kg 5cm high, hold it there for a few seconds, and then lower the object back to the original height. Such a process would need to be ...
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### How to calculate mechanical advantage of a worm gear?

How to calculate mechanical advantage of a worm gear? My textbook simply use the turn ratio as the mechanical advantage, but I'm not sure how that works. My thinking: If the worm has a radius of ...
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### Measuring vibration and converting to force (N) [closed]

The test is: To have a rotating machine, bolted into a factory floor. To measure the vibration on 3 axis (output of accelerometers can be acceleration or velocity in $\mathrm{m/s}$ or ...
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### Shear Flow corresponding to Eccentric Shear Force of a Closed-section Beam (Structural Analysis - Mechanics)

Been stumped with this question for way too long... its a beam with a thin-walled rectangular cross-section, and a shear force is acting at a distance from the shear center. I know my decomposition of ...
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### Internal moment in the hull of a pressure vessel

This question is related to the course structural analysis. As part of our exam grade every student has been given different multiple homework assignments which we have to solve. One of the problems ...
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How do you find the net Mechanical Advantage (MA) of two joint machines. Do you add or multiply the individual MA? Suppose I have two sets of wheel and axle connected by a fixed pulley. Each of the ...
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### How to decide velocity profile for two stepper motor in robot driving

A robot has 2 parallel driving wheel. I don't know the friction of the ground surface. However, I can set the acceleration, starting velocity, ending velocity. The velocity profile has to be ...
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### Why aren't stratospheric balloons compressing their helium to descent?

I can't find a reference of a working stratospheric balloon mounted with a compressor to control its altitude. Is there a big physical difficulty (such as compressor weight/power ratio, or power ...
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### How to find the value of the parameter a in this transfer function? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to find the value of the parameter $a$ in this transfer function? I am given a transfer function of a second-order system as: $$G(s)=\frac{a}{s^{2}+4s+a}$$ and I ...
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### How to find the value of the parameter $a$ in this transfer function?

I am given a transfer function of a second-order system as: $$G(s)=\frac{a}{s^{2}+4s+a}$$ and I need to find the value of the parameter $a$ that will make the damping coefficient $\zeta=.7$. I am not ...
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### Why is the optimum wheel size of a bicycle about the same as that of a car?

The optimum wheel diameter of cars and bikes appear to be roughly the same, certainly well within an order of magnitude. This is despite very different average speeds and propulsion mechanisms. Can ...
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### Calculation of the maximum load to the bar

Looking for a way of calculating the maximum weight (W) to the rod with the given length (L) where the rod did not break and that only bend for (b) mm. Need only approximative solution (read: ...
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### Yield Strength versus Ultimate Strength

What is the qualitative difference between these two: As seen on the table Typical yield and ultimate strengths. I am trying to resolve the meaning of the phrase "contact yield stress" from C. ...
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How is the shape of the blades of an air fan determined? Trial and error, or is there a theory behind it? What are they trying to maximize, volume of air dislocated per rotation?
In mechanical engineering, the torque due to a couple is given by $\tau = P\times d$, where $\tau$ is the resulting couple, $P~$ is one of the force vectors in the couple and $d$ is the arm of the ...