This is an elementary question but we have a little debate going on. We have a device, a simple cylinder of sorts. Imagine a bolt without threads, the shank of the bolt goes through a head cap of sorts, it has an o-ring seal on the shank. The head of the bolt is merely what keeps the thing from going through the head cap. There is clearance around the head and no sealing. Isn't the effective area of the bolt the area of the shank where it is sealed? Thanks in advance.
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