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Power, violence, compulsion, or constraint exerted upon or against a person or thing. Power dynamically considered, that is, in motion or in action; constraining power, compulsion; strength directed to an end. Commonly the word occurs in such connections as to show that unlawful or wrongful action is meant, e.g., forcible entry.

Power statically considered, that is, at rest, or latent, but capable of being called into activity upon occasion for its exercise. Efficacy; legal validity. This is the meaning when we say that a statute or a contract is in force.

Reasonable force is that degree of force that is appropriate and not inordinate in defending one's person or property. A person who employs such force is justified in doing so and is neither criminally liable nor civilly liable in tort for the conduct.

Deadly Force is utilized when a person intends to cause death or serious bodily harm or when he or she recognizes personal involvement in the creation of a substantial risk that death or bodily harm will occur.

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The profile of the simulated tensile force is very similar to the profile of the experimental curves (Fig.
The tensile displacement curve of those joints is conducted by plotting the tensile force along the x-axis and plotting the displacement values along the y-axis, and the results are compared and analyzed with the previous result of the joint model applied with the center angle [beta] equal to 23.5[degrees].
(7) For each time window, the tensile force that corresponds with value [[beta].sub.max] was found.
Pier differential settlement (mm) 6 7 8 9 10 Speed limit (km/h) 300 250 250 250 200 Table 3: Maximum fastener compressive and tensile forces. Span of Initial fastener Pier differential settlement (mm) the bridge force 2 5 8 10 beams 24 m Maximum tensile 0.294 1.285 2.276 2.937 force (kN) Maximum compressive 0.712 1.238 1.733 2.065 force (kN) 32 m Maximum tensile 0.154 0.956 1.755 2.286 force (kN) Maximum compressive 0.647 1.048 1.449 1.717 force (kN)
The F-T scatter diagram of fusion tensile force was shown in Figure 6(b).
The maximum tensile force (652.8 kN) was observed in bolt A, while the maximum shear force (478.5 kN) was observed in bolts B-H.
In fig25 is shown created tensile force in nails for different values of nails scattering.
The horizontal concrete tensile force resultant [] is calculated based on values originated from moment-curvature analysis explained as follows.
(-) Places tensile force upon the posterior annular fibers, pulling them taut
To observe the effect of strain on the BNC samples, a tensile force of 4 N has been applied on both DWCNT treated BNC sample and MWCNT treated BNC samples for three hours.