I am looking for resources to calculate the load capacity (?) I will need for actuator selection.
I want to move a person, vertcally, up to 5 inches - so a range from 50kg up to 180kg weight-wise.
Taking 180kg as the limit (400lbs), with a physical structure incorporating 2 linear actuators, linked electronically, so they are always moving synchronously, with speed not really being an issue at all (ie slow is fine), should I stick with:
2 x 180kg, 5" actuators or can I divide the work being done between them, and have
2 x 90kg (= 180kg total), 5" actuators?
The movement is vertical, and the simplest (to my inexperienced mind) design would be to have 2 x vertically oriented actuators. Are there better designs or resources / examples for designing this?
I have googled, but knowing the terms to use would be helpful. "Actuators for newbies" seem to stick to mini actuators at hobby robotic level and then there's a leap to industrial applications.
I can't seem to quote posts, which is as annoying as f#ck, so
@cr0sh: thanks - exactly the sort of thing I am looking for @JimboZA - yeah! I have been looking through their site and a few others. Seem to be the go-to guys, surprised I didn't find any books or references for reading / study, might look again.