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    Lever arm design

    Hello everyone,,
    I am an engineering student working on a project to design a trash compactor, I have decided to use a lever arm. The compactor will be operated by a person pushing down the lever arm at position C in diagram below, this will push a plunger attached at point B, I need to get 1200kg/m3 in the bale, so with the area of the compression plate I have calculated that the force required will be 171N. I need to design the length of the lever arm and then the minimum size for a timber lever arm and a steel box section for an alternative. I have looked through a number of online calculators but none match my setup. I would really appreciate it if someone could help me with how to go about designing this or what book or web resource would help me.


    Thanks in Advance,..

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    Engineers Edge Static's 2D modeler and Structural Calculator will allow you to define any mechanism and applied loads you want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kelly Bramble View Post
    Engineers Edge Static's 2D modeler and Structural Calculator will allow you to define any mechanism and applied loads you want.

    See: https://www.engineersedge.com/calcul...d-modeling.htm

    Perfect! That's really great software for modeling 2d Statics.

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