How do I determine strength and flexibility? Answered
So when I'm designing a new project, is there a way to simulate the physics of a build or pre-established stats on:
--How long the pipe can go without bending?
--How much weight it can bear without breaking/deteriorating?
--How long it can be outdoors in weather before it starts to deteriorate?
I don't mind doing some math if it means I don't have to restart the build or buy more supplies later. I understand that these stats vary based mostly on diameter and less so by schedule, but I'm looking for some concrete numbers. Like it can't bear more than x lbs per foot, x diameter will bend after x ft when under load, etc.
Alternatively if I could do a physics simulation in a 3D package, as long at it's accurate to within ~10-20lbs that would be suitable as well.
After doing a few low stakes projects with 1 1/4" and 3/4" pipe by guesstimating, I'd like to make something that holds more weight and will be more of a disaster if it fails, so that's why I'm asking. [Something that'll hold heavy loads of expensive equipment, etc.]