Hi all, I'm an engineer, but it's been 30-35 years since I did any of this, so I could really appreciate some practical/mathematical input.
I have a "door panel" which weighs 330 lbs (or 1500 N) at most and is suspended on a pole/pivot/hinge/ball joint P, which needs to swivel as much as physically possible about the E-W axis by applying either a force of F1 (a force applied at a certain angle and distance from P to the N-S axis of the door) --or-- F2 (a force applied parallel and at a distance from P to the N-S axis of the door). F1 --or-- F2 cannot exceed 330 lbs and I can only use one but not both.
Question 1: Which (F1 or F2?) would likely use the least amount of Force to do so assuming both are applied/directed to the same spot along the N-S axis and distance from P?
Question 2: Assuming I had to use F1 at what ideal angle (less than or equal to 45 deg, or greater than 45 deg?) and distance from P (further or closer to P?) along the N-S axis of the door should I direct F1 to so that I use the smallest amount of Force necessary?
Question 3: Assuming I had to use F2 at what ideal distance from P (further or closer to P?) should I direct F2 to so that I use the smallest amount of Force necessary?
I need the options, so I can determine where to put/direct F1 or F2.
PS. By "door panel", I really mean a set of Solar Panels, but I like to think of it as a door, and F1 or F2 would be motorized linear actuators with a maximum travel distance (around 12 inches) and capacity of 330 lbs each. This is actually for a solar tracking project I want to try implementing.
Thanks in advance for any advice on the Physics of the matter. Will use your input as a starting point.