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Problem: Building Anchor

air teaserThis question varies a bit from the normal Air Teaser, however it still uses some of the same formulas that are used to determine a force to overcome motion.

You have a building 12′ high, 8′ wide, and 20′ long that has a flat roof. The wind is hitting the side of the building straight on (12′ x 20′) with a 60-mph speed. How much would the building need to weigh to keep it from tipping over if it was only anchored on the left side to keep it from sliding? The building is uniformly loaded.

Two useful equations:

HP =

Pounds of Pull x Distance in Feet / Sec.

HP =


FA = Square feet of surface area

Find Out The Solution

Let’s use a moment equation to solve this problem: weight of the building x the average distance = the force of the wind x average height.

Weight = what we are looking for

Average height = 12′ / 2 or 6 feet vertical distance to pivot

Average width = 8′ / 2 or 4 feet horizontal distance to pivot

Frontal Area = Wind surface area = 12′ x 20′ = 240 sq. ft.

Wind speed = 60 mph = 5,280 / 60 minutes = 88′ per second

Force of wind:  HP = FA x MPH3         and

HP = Pounds of push or pull x Distance in feet / second

HP = 240 x 603         HP = 345.6

345.6 HP = Pounds of push x 88           Pounds of push = 2160 lbs.

Moment Equation:

Weight x 4′ = 2160 lbs. x 6′          Weight = 2160 x 6 / 4 = 3240+ lbs. of weight needed

Deadline past. Not available for submissions.


Kevin Breunig, CFPS, Motion Industries, Inc., Houston, TX

Answered Correctly:

Dallas Anderson, Montrose, MN

By Ernie Parker, AI, AJPP, AJPPCC, S, MT, MM, MIH, MIP, MMH,
Fluid Power Instructor, Hennepin Technical College, EParker@Hennepintech.edu

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