Physics is the study of the forces acting on and between objects. While statics is the study of forces on objects at rest, dynamics concerns the forces (pushes or pulls) imposed on objects when they change their velocity (accelerate). Mass defines an object's resistance to velocity change, and weight describes an object's attractive force toward Earth's center due to the acceleration from Earth's gravity acting on its mass. Acceleration is the rate at which velocity changes. Dynamic load refers to a force imposed on a system because it is accelerating an object in a given direction.
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Dynamic Load Due to Gravity (Vertical)

Define the application for calculating dynamic load; the weigh scale on an elevator is a good method in which to do so. A 150pound adult standing on a scale on an elevator at ground level notes their 150pound reading as they push the button for the 20th floor. The elevator ascends at a rate of 16 feetpersecond. Knowing that it takes 4 seconds from a dead stop to accelerate to this velocity, you can calculate the dynamic load that will read out on the scale during the 4second upwardacceleration period.

Calculate the instantaneous rate of acceleration. Because it takes the elevator 4 seconds to reach the 16 footpersecond upward velocity, the average rate of acceleration is: 16 feetpersecond/4 seconds = 4 feetpersecond, persecond, or 4 feetpersecond^2.

Calculate the dynamic load to the elevator during upward acceleration by solving Newton's Second Law of Physics, F (force) = m (mass) X a (acceleration). Substituting the stated values into this (dynamic load) formula, F = 150 pounds X ([32feet + 4feet]/sec^2/acceleration of gravity [32 feetpersec^2]) = 168.75 pounds. The scale would read 150pounds while at rest on the ground floor and 168.75pounds during the 4 seconds accelerating upward to 16 feetpersecond.
Calculating Dynamic Load Due to Horizontal Forces

Define the horizontal dynamic load application. In this example, a 3,000pound vehicle accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds. With this information, you can calculate the dynamic load to the vehicle’s drive wheels.

Calculate the vehicle’s rate of acceleration. Sixty mph equates to 88 feetpersecond, divided by 7.2 seconds, yielding 12.22 feetpersec^2.

Calculate the dynamic load to the drive wheels by solving the F = m x a formula, which is Newton's Second Law of Physics. Substituting stated values, F = 3,000 pounds x 12.22feet/sec^2/32.2feet/sec^2 or 3,000 x 0.3795 = 1,138.5 pounds, representing the dynamic load exerted by the drivewheel tire treads against the road to accelerate the car.
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