Unilateral Contract of a Springboard and a Fulcrum

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M. Kuipers

Department of Mathematics and Computing Science, University of Groningen, 9700 AV Groningen, The Netherlands

A. A. F. van de Ven

Eindhoven University of Technology, 5600 MD Eindhoven, The Netherlands

J. Appl. Mech 59(3), 682-684 (Sep 01, 1992) (3 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2893781 History: Received August 01, 1990; Revised April 08, 1991; Online March 31, 2008


A springboard, as commonly used in diving, is considered. It is hinged at the rear end and rests free on a rubber fulcrum at the middle of the board. If an excentric load is applied to its front end, then due to torsion it is possible that the board is lifted away from the fulcrum along a certain distance. This problem is investigated for a static load. Although a linear small displacement theory is applied, the problem is nonlinear due to the unknown length of noncontact.

Copyright © 1992 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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