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    Real life statics question help

    Hello all, it has been a while since I took statics, so I am hoping someone can help me out with this real life problem.

    Let's say that I have a curved, solid, cylindrical piece of steel that is about 2 inches in diameter and about 1 foot long. On one side it is attached to something that can be considered as fixed and on the other side, there is a 400 pound weight.

    If I want to add a v-notch to this piece of steel, so that it fractures as the weight bounces up and down, where would be the best place to add the notch? I was thinking the best place would be at the bottom of the curve where both sides start coming back up, but wasn't sure.

    Here's a rough MS Paint picture and a real picture showing said piece of steel. Thank you.

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    Last edited by Kelly Bramble; 10-04-2016 at 10:32 PM.

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    Put the notch on the tension side, where it will be the initiator of a crack. That means it goes on the top.

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