How can torque be increased?

1 Answer
Jun 23, 2014

By increasing the perpendicular distance between forces or by increasing the magnitude of the perpendicular component of the forces.

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In this example there are two forces, F1 and F2. F2 is not perpendicular to the beam so only the perpendicular component (vertical in this case) will cause the beam to rotate. To increase the torque on the beam in this case the following can be done:

  1. Increase force F1.
  2. Increase force F2, or just increase the vertical component of F2.
  3. Increase d.