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A statically determinate beam, bending (sagging) under a uniformly distributed load

A beam is a structural element that is capable of withstanding load primarily by resisting bending. The bending force induced into the material of the beam as a result of the external loads, own weight, span and external reactions to these loads is called a bending moment. Beams are characterized by their profile (shape of cross-section), their length, and their material.

Beams are traditionally descriptions of building or civil engineering structural elements, but smaller structures such as truck or automobile frames, machine frames, and other mechanical or structural systems contain beam structures that are designed and analyzed in a similar fashion.


Beam (structure) sections
Intro   Overview   Classification of beams based on supports  Area moment of inertia   Stress in beams   General shapes  Thin walled beams  See also  References   Further reading   External links  

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A statically determinate beam, bending (sagging) under a uniformly distributed load

A beam is a structural element that is capable of withstanding load primarily by resisting bending. The bending force induced into the material of the beam as a result of the external loads, own weight, span and external reactions to these loads is called a bending moment. Beams are characterized by their profile (shape of cross-section), their length, and their material.

Beams are traditionally descriptions of building or civil engineering structural elements, but smaller structures such as truck or automobile frames, machine frames, and other mechanical or structural systems contain beam structures that are designed and analyzed in a similar fashion.


Beam (structure) sections
Intro   Overview   Classification of beams based on supports  Area moment of inertia   Stress in beams   General shapes  Thin walled beams  See also  References   Further reading   External links  

PREVIOUS: IntroNEXT: Overview
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