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AMME2301 Mechanics of Solids2017 Assignment 1

Due by 10 am, Monday August 14 2017




A simple three-bar frame is loaded and supported as shown in the figure. Determine

1. The forces exerted on bar BD by the pins at B and D.

2. The pin reaction at A on bar ABC and bar ADE
3. The internal resisting forces and moments at section aa in bar ABC.

For the beam shown in the figure, determine

1. The total force p and the total moment M acting on the -left hand portion of the beam at
the section b=200mm.
2. The total force p and the total moment M acting on the- right hand portion of the beam at
the section b=200mm
3. The reaction at point A.


Two hydraulic cylinders are used to control the position of the robotic arm ABC. Knowing that
the control rods attached at A and D each have a 20 mm diameter and happen to be parallel in
the position shown, determine,

1. The reaction at F and B.

2. The average normal stress in (a) member AE, (b) member DG.

Link AC has a uniform 6 12 mm uniform rectangular cross section and is made of steel with a
410MPa ultimate normal stress. It is connected to a support at A and to member BCD at C by 10
mm diameter pin, while member BCD is connected to a support at B by 8 mm diameter pin. All
of the pins are in single shear and are made of steel with a 170 MPa ultimate shearing stress.
Knowing that an overall factor of safety of 3.25 is desired, determine the largest load P which
can be safely applied at D. Note that link AC is not reinforced around the pin holes.


Two wooden members of uniform rectangular cross section of sides a=100mm and b=60mm are
joined by a simple glue joint as shown. Knowing that the ultimate stress for both joints are
=1.26MPa in tension and = 1.5 MPa in shear and that P=6kN,
1. Determine the factor of safety for the joint when =20o, =35o, =45o
2. For these values of , also determine whether the joint will fail in tension or shear if P is
increased until rupture occurs.