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A Journal of Applied Mechanics and Mathematics by DrD

## Correction To Mass On Multiple Spring Supports

Mechanics Corner A Journal of Applied Mechanics and Mathematics by DrD, #48-B                                                                               Correction To                                                           Mass On Multiple Spring Supports   Correction The previous post, #48 titled Mass on Multiple Spring Supports had several typographical errors. Strangely, they are all in the brief introductory example regarding the loads on the four legs

## Mass On Multiple Spring Supports

Mechanics Corner A Journal of Applied Mechanics and Mathematics by DrD, #48                                                     Mass On Multiple Spring Supports   Introduction One of the classic problems of elementary mechanics is to determine the load on each leg of a four-legged table. The table top is assumed to be a uniform rectangle, the legs are of equal length, the center of mass is the centroid of the table top, and the floor is level. What is the load in ea

## What Makes A Ship Move?

Mechanics Corner A Journal of Applied Mechanics and Mathematics by DrD, #47                                                               What Makes a Ship Move? One of the problems that often confronts engineers is the description of large, interconnected systems. Engineers tend to specialize, so that one is very knowledgeable on gears, another knows bearings, a third knows pumps, but none of them are comfortable with the whole system. In the automotive context, this is often exp

## A Calculus Challenge

Mechanics Corner A Journal of Applied Mechanics and Mathematics by DrD, #45 (c) DrD, 2018 It has been quite a while since I last posted anything here, but an interesting problem has come to mind that I wanted to share with you. If you really know calculus, this should be straight forward; if you don't know calculus, don't even try! MEForumChallenge.pdf   ***********************************************************************************************************

## How To Become An Expert

Mechanics Corner     A Journal of Applied Mechanics and Mathematics by DrD     © Machinery Dynamics Research, 2016 How To Become An Expert      Introduction     This is going to be another of those personal experience/opinion pieces, so if these bore you, be warned! This may be the time to click on something else.     A reader recently wrote to me asking how to become an expert. I have to tell you, I don't spend much time thinking about being an expert, but I suppose o

## Two Short Math Problems

Mechanics Corner A Journal of Applied Mechanics and Mathematics by DrD, #40 July, 2017   Two Short Math Problems Do you ever read the ads that appear on ME Forum? I try to avoid them as much as possible, but an organization called BRILLIANT has put up some interesting math problems of late that have caught my eye. Two of them are the subject of today's post. The first problem that I want to discuss is actually more recent than the other, but it gives us a good plac

## #44 Mouse Trap / Pendulum Dynamics Challenge

Mechanics Corner     A Journal of Applied Mechanics and Mathematics by DrD, # 44       Machinery Dynamics Research, 2017      Mouse Trap / Pendulum Dynamics Challenge - Part I Introduction     Mice are a problem all over the world, and as a result, I'm sure that there are mouse traps of various sorts found everywhere. It would be utterly amazing if this were not true! In the USA, there is a very common type of mouse trap that I have seen used all my life, the sort of system

## #43 Four-Bar / Toggle Linkage Mechanism

Mechanics Corner A Journal of Applied Mechanics and Mathematics by DrD, #43 (c) Machinery Dynamics Research, 2017   Four-Bar / Toggle Linkage Mechanism Introduction   I believe that it would be correct to say that all of the single degree of freedom mechanisms that I have discussed on ME Forums have involved only a single loop. This might lead a reader to conclude that a single degree of freedom implies only a single loop, and vice versa, that a single loop imp

## Comments on a Textbook - Khurmi & Gupta

Mechanics Corner A Journal of Applied Mechanics and Mathematics by DrD, #39 (c) Machinery Dynamics Research, 2017 Comments on a Textbook Theory of Machines by R.S. Khurmi & J.K. Gupta 1 Introduction Recently, through the wonders of the Internet, I have come across a copy of the textbook Theory of Machines by R.S. Khurmi and J.K. Gupta (S.Chand & Co., Ltd., 2005). Since theory of machines has been my primary technical interest since the early 1980s, I was interested

Many of you have asked me various questions, so now it is my turn. Let me lay a bit of background first, and then the questions.   I have had some conversations recently with JAG (one of the other writers here at ME Forums) regarding the choice of software for 3D modeling and analysis. JAG has made some excellent suggestions, specifically a cloud based program called Onshape. Unfortunately, for reasons that are unclear, my computer cannot run Onshape; I have worked with their help peop

## Triple Rocker

Mechanics Corner A Journal of Applied Mechanics and Mathematics by DrD July 31, 2017 Triple Rocker Over at the Kinematics of Machines club, I recently ask if anyone could show me an example of a four-bar linkage that would be classed as a triple rocker. In the terminology of four-bar linkages, a link is classed as either a crank or a rocker: Crank - can rotate in a complete circle Rocker - cannot rotate in a complete circle] Thus my question was for an example

## #42 Gear Pair Problem

Mechanics Corner     A Journal of Applied Mechanics and Mathematics by DrD, # 42     © Machinery Dynamics Research, 2017 Gear Pair Problem      Introduction     In this post, I want to discuss a seemingly simple problem currently being discussed at Physics Forums (PF). The original question, posed by someone, perhaps a student but perhaps not, is quoted below:       So, we have a pinion and a gear. I give an input torque Tp in the clockwise direction.

## Modeling Hysteresis

Mechanics Corner A Journal of Applied Mechanics and Mathematics by DrD, #41 (c) Machinery Dynamics Research, July 2017   Modeling Hysteresis 1. Introduction What do you know about hysteresis? Many Mechanical Engineers will associate this term with the magnetization curve of a piece of magnetic material, and quickly conclude, "I don't have to worry about that!" But that would be wrong. While hysteresis does occur in magnetic systems, it happens in many other situatio

## Rocket Homework Problem

Mechanics Corner     A Journal of Applied Mechanics and Mathematics by DrD, #38       Machinery Dynamics Research, 2017 Rocket Homework Problem Introduction     Most engineers find problems involving rockets to be exciting. There is something about a rocket that fires our imagination, whether we think of going to the moon or one of the planets, or simply of shooting down an incoming missile. The subject of this post involves a rocket on a mobile launcher. The rocket is i

## ODE Solution --- Fail!!

Mechanics Corner     A Journal of Applied Mechanics and Mathematics by DrD, # 31       Machinery Dynamics Research, 2016 ODE Solution --- Fail!!      Introduction     Digital computation has become a major tool for engineers, and it is a great benefit. It can also lead to many pitfalls for the unwary. This note is about the latter, a potential pitfall that many engineers risk on a daily basis, most of them with little awareness of the danger.     Early in the developme

## Where Would You Publish It?

Mechanics Corner Where Would You Publish It? Since long before my time, there has been a desire to have important results published where they become accessible to many others. Some of the great names, such as Newton, Euler, Bernoulli, and others, we know primarily because of what they published. Their work formed the fundamentals upon which modern engineering and science is built. Publication of research results has long been particularly important to faculty members; it is often take

## #5 -- Kinematics Part III / Accelerations

Mechanics Corner A Journal of Applied Mechanics and Mathematics by DrD, # 5 © Machinery Dynamics Research, LLC, 2015     Vector Loop Kinematics -- Part III Acceleration Analysis Introduction In the first article in this series, titled "Vector Loop Kinematics - Part I/Position Analysis" the idea of using closed vector loops for the position analysis of mechanisms and machines was introduced. A second article, "Vector Loop Kinematics - Part II/Velocity

## Two Balls Rolling On An Incline

Mechanics Corner     A Journal of Applied Mechanics and Mathematics by DrD, # 37     29 April 2017 Two Balls Rolling On An Incline A Problem Where I Learned Something New Introduction     In previous articles, I have mentioned another web site called Physics Forums (PF) where people post problems for which they need help. In this note, I want to present to you one such problem and it solution, along with a new insight that came from another commenter at PF, one of the advi

## Base Acceleration Problem -- #36

Mechanics Corner A Journal of Applied Mechanics and Mathematics by DrD, #36   Base Acceleration Problem Introduction In a recent post (#35) I mentioned that I often participate in another forum called Physics Forums (PF). The problem that I want to discuss here is an elaboration on a problem that recently appeared at PF. I'm going to add a little bit of complexity to the problem (the problme as stated at PF was extremely simple) in order to make a particular point.

## #20 -- A Question of Stability (Revised)

Mechanics Corner     A Journal of Applied Mechanics and Mathematics by DrD, #20     © Machinery Dynamics Research, 2015 A Question of Stability Introduction     The word stability in its several forms is widely used in nontechnical communication. A person whose life it highly consistent from day to day is said to have a stable life. When the political situation in a particular area appears to be unlikely to change, it is said to be stable. A person who is well balanced and un

## Good News -- Bad News -- Rolling Disk in a Rolling Ring

Mechanics Corner     A Journal of Applied Mechanics and Mathematics by DrD, # 35       Machinery Dynamics Research, 2017 Good News --- Bad News Rolling Disk in a Rolling Ring      Introduction     Well, it looks like Mechanics Corner is back, at least in terms of an occasional post. It will probably be less frequent than previously, but there are just too many interesting things to talk about to remain entirely silent! The title for this post may leave you wondering wh

## Becoming An Expert -- Part 2

Mechanics Corner     A Journal of Applied Mechanics and Mathematics by DrD     © Machinery Dynamics Research, 2016 Becoming An Expert -- Part 2      Introduction     In the previous article on How To Become An Expert, I covered a lot of points in generalities with some short anecdotes from my own experience. In this article and the next, I will describe in considerably more detail a critical period in my own formation, an time of considerable professional embarrassment w

## Verbal Description of a Doonesbury Cartoon

The following is a verbal description of a Doonesbury cartoon of unknown date by Garry Trudeau. Doonesbury has long been one of America’s major cartoon strips, with a very dry wit and a decidedly left-of-center outlook. I found this today in going through some old files. SCENE: A college classroom, the teacher lecturing in a rather absent minded fashion, the students silently bent over, taking notes and keeping their heads down. TEACHER: Of course, in his deliberations on American capi

## Last Post -- Time to Hang It Up

Mechanics Corner     A Journal of Applied Mechanics and Mathematics by DrD     © Machinery Dynamics Research, 2017 Last Post Time to Hang It Up     This will be the final post of Mechanics Corner here on Mechanical Engineering Forums. It has run almost exactly two years, and there have been ups and downs along the way. In this final post, I want to reflect a bit on my original goals for the blog, and also on what has actually happened. When our host first proposed to me t

## A Problem in Statics & Dynamics, #34

Mechanics Corner     A Journal of Applied Mechanics and Mathematics by DrD, # 34     © Machinery Dynamics Research, 2015 A Problem in Statics & Dynamics           Introduction         A problem was recently posted on this Forum, requesting help, that has led me to consider a somewhat more general problem for this post. The scope of this post will include the original problem, although not by the method required there, but will also go beyond to a more general geometry.

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