Assuming I am using the technic chain links to make a chain, how much force can I expect to be able to get out of the chain before it breaks?
Suppose I am using a 16t gear to directly drive a 24t gear and have it at the optimal tension for a short distance
And when it does reach its limit, will it break or will the links just snap undone?
P.S. - I don't currently own any of these pieces, and would like to get a rough idea first before I buy any and start playing with them - I am hoping to get a considerably larger amount of force from then than a rubber band before it starts to slip, say the full stall power of a PF M motor.
edit: theoretical test methodology: Starting from Philo's motor comp, I would pick a motor that I had (say a PF M motor), and gear it up (so that it spins fast), say by 1:3 with a 24t driving an 8t - after that, I would put another 24t on the same axle as the 8t, and place the chain on it - then put another 24 such that the chain lands on it, and lock the last 24t gear's axle such that it does not move (perhaps the last 24t gear can be a clutch gear). Then turn on the motor and see if it holds - assuming it does, I would know that the chain can handle at least 1/3 (gearing) 11 N.cm (PF M stall torque from Philo) - from then I would change the gearing, perhaps with a 20t and 12t, or even 1:1 depending on how it seems to fare, and repeat the test until it does break. If the clutch gear starts to spin, I would briefly lock it in place with my hands to get an accurate measure.