Today’s What is the answer question comes from mechanics of materials. Here we go…

A 1/2 inch diameter steel rod is stretched between two fixed points. At a temperature of 72 degrees Fahrenheit the tensile load in the rod is 850 pounds. At approximately what temperature (in degrees Fahrenheit) will the stress in the rod be zero?

A. 85

B. 95

C. 105

D. 115

## What is the answer

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95 deg F

The approximate answer is 95° F. If stress goes to zero, and assuming E=29E6 psi and alpha=6.5E-6 in/(in-°F): delta_th=delta_st》alpha(DeltaT)=P/(AE), plug n chug and solve for T.

95°

95 Deg F

95 DegF

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