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1M10.20 - Pile Driver

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​1M10.20 - Pile Driver

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Title1M10.20 - Pile Driver
Objective

The kinetic energy of the mass is used to do work against friction driving the nail or crushing the can.

StatusAvailable
Assembly Instructions

Driving the Nail Instructions
At times this method is compared to driving the nail with a slow constant force exerted by a hydraulic press. The nail is started into a piece of 2" × 4" and then placed in the press. The force exerted may be read directly from the gauge. When doing the experiment this way the use of 3" steel nails in a soft 2" × 4" has been found to be a far superior combination.

Crushing the Can Instructions
The pile driver is a large mass which slides freely over a rod. When the rod is clamped in the vertical position, the weight may be raised to a fixed height and dropped repeatedly to crush a can. Thus the kinetic energy of the mass is used to do work against friction in crushing the can.

Setup Time15
Operation Time5
Preview Time10
Operation Instructions

Overview
The pile driver is a large weight which slides freely over a rod. When the rod is clamped in the vertical position, the weight may be raised to a fixed height and dropped repeatedly to drive a nail. Thus the kinetic energy of the weight is used to do work against friction in driving the nail.

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Demo on DimeNo
PIRA 200Yes
Export Instructions (if different)
HazardsNone
Analysis/Information
Category1 Mechanics
Subcategory1M - Work and Energy
Keywordspotential energy, energy transfer, work and energy
Construction Information
 
  
  
bench clamp
2
bench rod
2
rod - long
1
rod clamp
2
pile driver assembly
1
2" x 4" wood block with 3" nail for pile driver
1
pop can
1