Determine the moment produced by force F

Determine the moment produced by force F about the diagonal AF of the rectangular block. Express the result as a Cartesian vector.

Determine the moment produced by force F

Image from: Hibbeler, R. C., S. C. Fan, Kai Beng. Yap, and Peter Schiavone. Statics: Mechanics for Engineers. Singapore: Pearson, 2013.


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We will use the unit vector AF and the position vector AB to find the moment produced by F about the diagonal AF. Note that you can also use a position vector from F to B (try it yourself).

Determine the moment produced by force F

Our position vector, r_{AB} is:


r_{AB}=\left\{0i+3j+0k\right\} m


Let us now calculate the unit vector AF. To do so, we need to find a position vector from A to F.




The magnitude of this position vector is:

magnitude of r_{AF}\,=\,\sqrt{(3)^2+(3)^2+(-1.5)^2}

magnitude of r_{AF}\,=\,4.5


We can now calculate the unit vector :(don’t remember?)



Now that we have both a position vector and a unit vector, we can find the moment about the diagonal AF. This can be found by:

M_{AF}=u_{AF}\cdot r_{AB}\times F

(Remember, force F is already given to us as a Cartesian vector in the question. Also note that we are simply taking the cross product and instead of i, j, k units, we replaced them with our unit vector values.)

M_{AF}=14 N•M


Final Answer:

M_{AF}=14 N•M
This question can be found in Engineering Mechanics: Statics (SI edition), 13th edition, chapter 4, question 4-48.

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