4.2.3 Rotational Equilibrium (of hinged objects)

A body can remain non-rotating only if all the moments acting on it sum up to zero. For a body to be in rotational equilibrium, it is necessary that

\displaystyle \sum{\tau }=0

If we restrict ourselves to 2D problems, \displaystyle \sum{\tau }=0 simplifies into

Sum of clockwise moments = Sum of anti-clockwise moments


A hinged uniform rod of length L is held stationary at an angle of 22° by two forces: F1 and F2 applied at the end and midpoint of the rod respectively. Calculate the ratio of the magnitude of F1 to F2.


\displaystyle \displaystyle \begin{aligned}\text{sum of CW moments}&=\text{sum of ACW moments}\\{{F}_{2}}\times \frac{{L\cos 22{}^\circ }}{2}&={{F}_{1}}\times L\sin 22{}^\circ \\\frac{{{{F}_{1}}}}{{{{F}_{2}}}}&=\frac{1}{2}\cot 22{}^\circ \\&=1.24\end{aligned}

Example Problem

Hinged Beam

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