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    Discussion in 'The main mechanical design forum' started by TheTom-E, Apr 20, 2021.

    1. TheTom-E

      TheTom-E New Member

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      Hi,
      I was hoping for someone to help with the below scenario.

      I have a cantilevered link that is attached to a rail with two bearing as shown in the image.

      An applied force acts on one end of the link pushing it down a curved rail. How would I go about solving the reaction on the opposite end? For the sake of simplicity, one can ignore friction, gravity and centrifugal forces. I took moments about the bearings, but not sure this is the correct approach.
       

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    3. Oilytrunk

      Oilytrunk Well-Known Member

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      This is interesting...hmmm. :confused:
       
    4. TheTom-E

      TheTom-E New Member

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      Solving it would be awesome...
       
    5. Dana

      Dana Well-Known Member

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      Treat it as a simple lever with the pivot point at the center of the curved rail's radius.
       
    6. TheTom-E

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      Thank you for the answer. Very much appreciated.

      Regards
       

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