Originally Posted by MacEntyre
Thanks, but I have no interest in derivations. I was hoping to find tabular data.
I found a table showing tensile and yield strengths
for aluminum tubing of various types. I'm not an ME, but I think you could use those numbers and the cross sectional area of your tubing (OD area - ID area) to guesstimate the force your tubing could handle.
Edit: Looks like it's a tad more complicated... Couldn't find any simple tables, but this paper
talks about column buckling design and gives a formula by way of illustrative example. Gotta run at the moment, but I can try some calculations for you later if that would be helpful. I'd rather defer to an M.E., though.