Results

The app recomputes the solution to a beam loading scenario in real time as soon as any changes are made. Results can be immediately obtained from the main application screen without the user having to do any explicit action to recompute the problem.

Remember that in order to compute the solution to a beam loading problem, there is a minimum number of supports needed:

Results are displayed in several ways by the app:

Result Graphs

The app produces up to four different diagrams (plots) to represent loading conditions graphically:

  1. Shear diagram in force units such as N, kg, lb, etc.
  2. Moment diagram in torque units such as N-m, kg-m, lb-ft, etc.
  3. Slope diagram in radian units or angle units.
  4. Deflection diagram in length units such as m, ft, in, etc.

The shear and bending moment diagrams are generated whenever any loads are placed on the beam.

The slope and deflection diagrams are only generated when supports are placed on the beam.

Since not all supports can completely specify the system of equations to be solved, in some cases more than one support needs to be placed for the beam to be solvable as described in the slope and deflection section.

Shear and bending moment

Shear and bending moment diagrams are automatically generated whenever you place any loads on the beam.

When you modify load values, the shear and bending moment diagrams update automatically in real-time, as the animation here shows.

Slope and deflection

Slope and deflection diagrams require both loads and supports to be present on the beam.

Since not all supports can completely specify the system of equations to be solved, in some cases more than one support needs to be placed for the beam problem to be solvable. For example, some common combinations of supports include the following:

If no supports are present in the beam OR if insufficient support conditions are specified, a warning message is displayed to remind the user to add at least one support to compute these diagrams.

Computed support values

Automatic diagram values

Quick diagram values

Precise diagram values

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