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Subj: do know that beams often give out...
Posted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 at 04:06:07 pm CDT
Reply Subj: Re: Less than the Moon, in my opinion -- seeing as how he crashed on it and it remained in orbit and intact.
Posted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 at 04:02:42 pm CDT (Viewed 110 times)

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One of the principal ideas behind structural design is to distribute the load so that a ceiling or roof doesn't collapse. There is still weight acting on that beam, and we have 'engineering disasters' all the time in which a load bearing wall is insufficient to the task, and something collapses.

Typically, supporting a weight is less difficult than lifting it because less stress is placed on smaller stabilization muscles and more of the load is supported by skeletal structure, but there's still a huge strength component to it.

> > > What did you see anyone lift or press? Those are tests of strength... supporting something does not equate to strength.
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> > How do you support something without using strength?
> The same way one beam can support an entire ceiling.

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