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rameshsarana

Inverted U or C channel ?

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Hello guys ! 

I'm just a beginner to strength of materials and all . I have been wondering about the usage of C channel since a long time and couldn't find an answer to my query . 

I have always observed the usage of C channel as it is named ( the cross section is always C ) . Be the in the ladder frame , any chassis where is it used , or engine stand, if its used .  What I wonder is that why cant it be used as an inverted U ? ( tilting it 90 degrees to the right ) . An inverted U would probably provide the best stability and resistance towards bending when loaded ( my knowledge says this ) . 

Apart from the ease of assembling and manufacturing using C as the cross section , what other major advantage does the traditional way offer ?  

Can anyone clarify this ? Thanks !

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