General question about metal strength

steve crosby steve.crosby at
Sat Jan 20 14:58:46 PST 2007

On 1/21/07, Jose D Palos <jdpalos at> wrote:
> I'm not an engineer, but I'm a designer used to think outside the box. I work in the oil industry and know for sure taht safety equipment tends to be cumbersome, uncomfortable and ill-fitting. A steel-toe-cap adopts its shape from the shape of the boot, which is barely good to withstand a few pounds impact, and it's hardness, sharp end and design usually results in an amputation.
> What I would do is think in terms of mittens or Japanese socks. Instead of layering more material on top, I would insert something like an inverted "T" (or the idea of an "I" beam) between the big toe and the rest of the toes to try to give additional strength to that concave shape to prevent from collapsing and severing the toes, as it usually happens.

Try looking here

summary: it's not *usual* to have a steel-toe boot collapse - any
force strong enough to do that is going to make an unsalvagable mess
of your foot anyway...

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Steve Crosby

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