ME 354 Mechanics of Materials Laboratory Autumn 2007


Homework 6

Due Wednesday Nov 21 at 9:30 (in class)



1. Design a structure to support a 1 kg mass 1 meter above the floor. The structure can have a footprint of no more than 1 square meter and needs to be as light as possible. Show all calculations supporting your design.


2. Repeat Problem 1 but now the mass needs to be supported 1 meter from a vertical wall


3. Repeat Problem 1, but now support it 1 meter from the ceiling


4. Summarize your three designs in a table with A) a schematic, B) the mass, and C) most likely failure mode.