I'm designing a very large spacecraft, and I'd like to attach an arm to the spacecraft.

Is there a way to measure just how strong the attachment is?

In engineering terms, this arm is a cantilever beam, and I'd like to know how much load it can take on the end before it breaks off.

end-loaded cantilever beam

To attach this arm to the spacecraft:

  • only stock parts may be used (no mods), and
  • the arm can be added to the spacecraft in the assembly building.
  • Without launching the craft and just trying it out? Without mods which provide more information? I don't think so. – Philipp Feb 7 '15 at 17:13
  • do it the real kerbal way, see how many separatrons you can bolt on and fire off before it has an unclean seperation – IG_42 Feb 11 '15 at 20:35
  • @IG_42, that's basically what I ended up doing. I'll post an answer with my results in case it helps anyone else. – Joe Feb 11 '15 at 20:49
  • So, have you tried it yet? – zovits supports GoFundMonica Mar 2 '15 at 15:23
  • I would like to know as well. Have you tried this out yet? Results? – Mumford451 Aug 25 '16 at 16:24

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