THE MECHANICAL PRINCIPLES OF ENGINEERING AND ARCHITECTURE

 
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1869 Excerpt: ...may be the weight of the impinging body or the velocity of the impact, a certain finite amount of work U2 is yielded upon the resistances opposed to the motion of the wedge; there is in every such case a certain mean resistance K overcome through a certain space S, in the direction in which that resistance acts, which resistance and space are such, that If therefore the space S be exceedingly small as compared with TJ2, there will be an exceedingly great resistance R overcome by the impact through that small space, however slight the impact. From this fact the enormous amount of the resistances which the wedge, when struck by the hammer, is made to overcome, is accounted for. The power of thus subduing enormous resistances by impact is not however peculiar to the wedge, it is common to all implements of impact, and belongs to its nature; its effects are rendered permanent in the wedge by the property possessed by that implement of retaining permanently any position into which it is driven between two resisting surfaces, and thereby opposing itself effectually to the tendency of those surfaces, by reason of their elasticity, to recover their original form and position. It is equally true of any the slightest direct impact of the hammer as of its impact applied through the wedge, that it is sufficient to cause any finite resistance opposed to it to yield through a certain finite space, however great that resistance may be. The difference lies in this, that the surface yielding through this exceedingly small but finite space under the blow of the hammer, immediately recovers itself after the blow if the limits of elasticity be not passed; whereas the space which the wedge is, by such an impact, made to traverse, in the direction of its length, becomes a perman...

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Appointed professor of natural and experimental philosophy and astronomy at London's newly established King's College in 1831, Henry Moseley (1801-72) was instrumental in the creation of the institution's department of engineering and applied science. This 1843 textbook is based on his lectures to students.

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