2 MAE 4700 –FE Analysis for Mechanical & Aerospace Design N. Zabaras (9/15/2009)
A refresher on beam bending
Beams are different from truss structuresin that they are designed toresisttransverse loads.
The tranverse loads are transported tothe supports of the beam viaextensional action.
There are several beam modelsdepending on the assumptionsemployed. We herein consider theBernoulli-Euler beam theoryusuallyintroduced in introductory staticscourses.
We assume thatnormals to the middle line ofthe beam remain straight and normal.
This will allow us to approximate thedisplacements at a given point.