Good morning, fellas. I am working with some angle iron, making supports for working on tractors, cars, etc. and need to be able to figure the correct type of steel to use.
My choices range from angle legs of 1.5" to 2.0" wide and from 1/8" to 3/16" thick, assuming both legs are the same width (no 2" x 3") and most lengths will be between 1ft and 3 ft.
I"m not so concerned with compression or stretching or even torsion forces, mostly lateral bending. I don"t want to get a load up and have a piece of angle fold and collapse.
For example, one of my questions is: is a 3/16" thick piece of 1.5" x 1.5" angle stronger than a 1/8" thick piece of 2" x 2"?
I realize I may not be framing my question properly, but any information of links you could provide to give some non-engineer"s basic rules would be appreciated.
Thanks for your time.