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ANALYSIS OF A SIMPLY SUPPORTED BEAM


USING
STAAD PRO

NWOSU AUGUSTINE
April 2015

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Thistrainingmanualisintendedforbeginners,thisexercisewillworkthetraineethroughthe
basicfeaturesofSTAADPro:Modeling,Loading,Assigningsupports,AnalysisandPostprocessing.
AverificationexerciseisdoneattheendoftheanalysisusingSTAADPro.tocomparetheresult
withatraditionalmanualcalculation
Attheendofthismodulethetraineewouldhavebasicknowledgeof

Modelingofsimplebeam.
Loadingofuniformlydistributedbeam.
Assigningdifferenttypesofsupport.
Interpretingtheresultfromtheanalysis.

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ANALYSISOFASIMPLYSUPPORTEDBEAM.

MODELING
1. LaunchtheSTAADiconbydoubleclickingontheicon.

1. ForSTAADV8iclickonnewprojectspaceNextAddbeam.

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2. ClosetheSnapnode/beamdialoguebox.

3. Lettheoriginbex=0,y=0,z=0.

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4. Typeinx=5m

5. Clickonthescreen.SelecttheAddbeamscursorandjointhe2nodes.

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ASSIGNINGPROPERTIES
1. ClickonGeneralPropertyDefine

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2. InthePropertypage,clickonRectangle,typein0.45forYDand0.23forZDandAdd,
thenclosethedialoguebox.

3. Usecursortoassigntheproperty(clickonAssigntakeyourcursorinsidethemodel
spaceandclickonthebeam)

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ASSIGNINGSUPPORTS
1. ClickonSupportinthepagecontroltab.

2. OnthedatapageCreatesupportPinnedAdd.

3. Clickoncreatedsupport(Support2)andassignthesupportsusingUseCursorTo
Assign.

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LOADING
1. ClickonLoad&Definition

2. ClickonLoadCasesDetailsonthedatapageAdd.

3. InthetitletabchangetheLoadCase1toselfweightAdd.

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4. ChangeLoadCase2toliveloadAdd.

5. Closethedialoguebox.
6. HighlighttheselfweightonthedatapageclickonAdd.

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7. ClickonAddagaintocalculatetheselfweightofthestructureClose.
8. HighlighttheliveloadAddMemberloadUniformforcetypein5inthe
UniformForcedatasectionAddClose.

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9. HighlighttheSELFWEIGHTandAssigntoview.

10. Highlighttheliveload,UNIGY5kN/mandUseCursortoAssign.

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11. ClickonLoadCaseDetailsandAddagaintocombinetheloads.

12. ClickonDefineCombinations
ForLoadCase1useafactorof1.4
ForLoadCase2useafactorof1.6

13. Close.

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ANALYSIS
1. ClickonAnalysis/PrintStaticCheckAddClose.

2. ClickonAnalyzeRunAnalysisSave

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3. Clickonthesecondradiobutton(GotoPostProcessingMode)Done.

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POSTPROCESSING
1. Selectonlyloadcase3ok.
Note:thiswillgivethemaximummoment.

2. Clickonthereactiontoseethevaluesofyoursupportreaction(28.535kN)

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3. ToviewthebendingmomentandshearforcediagramsclickonBeamGraphs.

VERIFICATIONOFSTAADRESULT
1. MAXIMUMBENDINGMOMENT.
M=wl2/8
Selfweightofbeampermeter=0.45x0.23x23.5616=2.438kN/m
Totalmoment=((2.438x52)/8)1.4+((5x52)/8)1.6=35.668kN.m

ComparewithSTAADresult.

2. SHEARFORCE.
Totalselfweight=(2.438x5)1.4=17.066kN
Totalliveload=(5x5)1.6=40kN
Totalload=17.066+40=57.066kN
Loadateachsupport=57.066/2=28.533kN.

ComparewithSTAADresult.

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ASSIGNMENT.

AnalyzethememberinSTAADProandextractthefollowingfromtheAnalysis.
1) Maximumbendingmoment=kN.m

2) Supportreaction=..kN

3) Drawthebendingmomentdiagramignoringtheselfweightofthemember.

4) Drawtheshearforcediagramignoringtheselfweightofthemember.

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