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## How to find radius vector of force by given force and moment  15-Moonstone

## How to find radius vector of force by given force and moment

M=r x F

how to find vector r if F and M are defined

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Accepted Solutions  15-Moonstone
(To:Fred_Kohlhepp) Sorry for this stupid question

5 REPLIES 5  24-Ruby V
(To:ifomenko)

There is no single, unique solution.

Normally you will have one degree of freedom and the solution may depend on one parameter.

The expression below may be simplified if we could assume that the scalar product of M and F is zero.   15-Moonstone
(To:Werner_E)

There is a unique solution - it is a center of gravity point, for example.  24-Ruby V
(To:ifomenko)

@ifomenko wrote:

There is a unique solution - it is a center of gravity point, for example.

I guess not, if all you have is moment and force vector.

Can you provide an example.  23-Emerald I
(To:Werner_E)

There is no unique solution.  The attached sheet illustrates this.  We should get the magnitude of r by dividing moment by force, and we should get the direction by taking the cross product of force and moment.  This works if the axis align with r, F, and M; but not in a general case.  It's only valid if r and F are orthogonal,  If they are not, then the moment (the cross product) will be less than the algebraic product.  15-Moonstone
(To:Fred_Kohlhepp)  