The board is used to hold

The board is used to hold the end of a four-way lug wrench in position. If a torque of 30 N•m about the x axis is required to tighten the nut, determine the required magnitude of the force F that the man’s foot must apply on the end of the wrench in order to turn it. Force F lies in a vertical plane.

The board is used to hold

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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Let us first draw a simplified diagram.

The board is used to hold

Notice the position vector, starting from location A to location B. Let us define this position vector in Cartesian vector form. The locations of points A and B are:

A:(0.25i+0j+0k) m

B:(0.25i+0.25j+0k) m


Position vector r_{AB} is then:


r_{AB}=\left\{0i+0.25j+0k\right\} m


We will now express the force F in Cartesian form. Remember that force F will have two components, a y-component and a z-component.




Note that our z-component is negative because the z-component of the force is going down (or lies in the negative z-axis).


We can now find the required force by finding the moment created along the x-axis. This value is given to us in the question as 30N•m. The moment along the x-axis is:

M_x=i\cdot r_{AB}\times F

(Remember that the x-axis has a unit vector of i)


Substitute the values we know:


(Solve by taking the cross product)



The negative sign indicates that the moment created is towards the negative x-axis. 


F=138.57 N


Final Answer:

F=138.57 N


This question can be found in Engineering Mechanics: Statics (SI edition), 13th edition, chapter 4, question 4-55.

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