# The upper end of the open-link chain of length L and mass per unit length is released from rest with the lower end just touching the platform of the scale. Determine the expression for the force F read on the scale as a function of the distance x through which the upper end has fallen. (Comment: The chain acquires

The upper end of the open-link chain of length L and mass ρ per unit length is released from rest with the lower end just touching the platform of the scale. Determine the expression for the force F read on the scale as a function of the distance x through which the upper end has fallen. (Comment: The chain acquires a free-fall velocity of √2gx because the links on the scale exert no force on those above, which are still falling freely. Work the problem in two ways: first, by evaluating the time rate of change of momentum for the entire chain and second, by considering the force F to be composed of the weight of the links at rest on the scale plus the force necessary to divert an equivalent stream of fluid.)

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## Engineering Mechanics Dynamics

8th Edition

**Authors:** James L. Meriam, L. G. Kraige, J. N. Bolton

**ISBN:** 9781118885840