The direction of the deflection is greatly dependent

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a greater load before deflecting. The direction of the deflection is greatly dependent of the consistency of the material and cross section. If there are any imperfections along a given cross section on the material, the deflection will occur in that direction. The shape of the column is also of great importance. The values for moment of inertia are dependent on the shape of the
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material. This in turn means that the critical buckling load varies according to the shape of the material being tested. The length of the column is also important because the longer the column is, the less load it will be able to handle before deflecting. This leads into the significance of the column end boundary conditions. Depending on how the column is supported, the length of the column being used in the calculation of the critical buckling load will vary accordingly. As seen by the graph of load vs. deflection, lateral deflection is a non-linear function. This is known because the slope of the graph is constantly changing and does not create a straight line. The information found in this experiment proves that the hypothesis was correct, in that material, cross-sectional area, and length of the column will affect the values for the critical buckling load and the direction of deflection. Remarks: The standard deviations show that the data was fairly accurate.
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  • Spring '10
  • Dr.Doe
  • STEVENS HONOR, critical buckling load, Design Laboratory III, Alex Fidalgo Stevens Institute of Technology, 43.5 lbs, 166.8 lbs

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