The ends of the triangular plate are subjected

The ends of the triangular plate are subjected to three couples. Determine the plate dimension d so that the resultant couple is 350 N•m clockwise.

The ends of the triangular plate are subjected

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


Let us write a moment equation assuming that clockwise rotation is positive.

\circlearrowright^+ 350=-200(d\cos30^0)+600(d\sin30^0)+100d


d=1.54 m


When solving questions with coupling, it’s a good idea to visualize how the object would spin. For example, looking at the 200 N forces applied at the bottom of the plate, we see that one force pushes it up on the bottom right corner, while another 200 N force pulls it down on the bottom left corner. If this plate was lightly pinned to a wall allowing it to free spin, then those two forces alone would make it spin counter-clockwise. Thus, the moment created in our equation would be negative (since we assumed clockwise rotation to be positive).


This question can be found in Engineering Mechanics: Statics (SI edition), 13th edition, chapter 4, question 4-68.

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