2 Collapse Mechanism
L w
n
A
B
C
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Location of Plastic Hinge (contd)
For other beams with uniform loads, such
as propped or continuous beams, the
determination of the location of plastic
hinge may be rather difficult.
For this reason, a value, expressed as
fraction of the length L, that determines the
location of the plastic hinge is needed for
the analysis of both the propped and
continuous beams.
Location of Plastic Hinge for
Uniform Loadings
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Location of Plastic Hinge (contd)
Consider the propped beam of Fig. 2.
The elastic moment diagram for this beam
is shown as the solid line in part (b) of the
figure.
As the uniform load is increased in
magnitude, a plastic hinge will first form at
the fixed end.
Location of Plastic Hinge for
Uniform Loadings
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Figure 2. Propped Beam
Location of Plastic Hinge for
Uniform Loadings
L
( ) k/ft
n
w
x
n
M
n
M
(a)
(b)
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Location of Plastic Hinge (contd)
At this time the beam will, in effect, be a
simple beam with a plastic hinge on one
end and a real hinge on the other.
Subsequent increases in the load will
cause the moment to change as
represented by the dashed line in part (b)
of Fig. 2.
Location of Plastic Hinge for
Uniform Loadings
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Location of Plastic Hinge (contd)
The process will continue until the moment
at some other point (a distance x from the
right support in the figure) reaches M
n
and
create another plastic hinge.
The virtualwork expression for the
collapse mechanism for the beam shown in
Fig. 3 is written as follows:
Location of Plastic Hinge for
Uniform Loadings
  ( )( )

.

\

+ + =
(
x
x L
M x L L w
n n
2
1
(1)
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Figure 3.
Collapse
Mechanism
Location of Plastic Hinge for
Uniform Loadings
L
( ) k/ft
n
w
x
n
M
n
M
( ) x L
Real Hinge
1
x
x L
=
1
x
x L
+ =
+ =
1 2
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Location of Plastic Hinge (contd)
Or
Solving for M
n
by taking the derivative of
M
n
with respect to x and equate it to zero,
that is
Location of Plastic Hinge for
Uniform Loadings
  ( )( )
  ( )( )

.

\

+ +
(
=
(
= 
.

\

+ +
x
x L
x L L w
M
x L L w
x
x L
M
n
n
n n
2
1
2
1
(2)
(3)
0 =
dx
dM
n
(4)
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Location of Plastic Hinge (contd)
Solving for x, it can be shown that Eq. 4
yields a value of x as given by
This value is applicable to uniformly loaded
end spans of both propped and continuous
beams with simple supports.
Location of Plastic Hinge for
Uniform Loadings
L x 414 . 0 =
(5)
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Continuous Beams
Continuous beams are very common in
engineering structures (Fig. 4).
They can be analyzed by both the
elastic and the plastic theories.
However, the plastic analysis can be
more complicated.
Plastic analysis can be applied to
continuous beams as it is to onespan
beams.
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Continuous Beams
Figure 4. Continuous Beams
CHAPTER 8d. INTRODUCTION TO BEAMS
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Continuous Beams
The resulting values definitely give a
more realistic picture of the limiting
strength of a structure than can be
obtained by elastic analysis.
Continuous statically indeterminate
beams can be handled by virtualwork
method as they were for singlespan
statically indeterminate beams.
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Continuous Beams
VirtualWork Method for Continuous
Beams
For each span of the continuous beams,
virtualwork expressions are written
separately.
From the resulting expressions, it is
possible to determine the limiting or
maximum loads that the beams can
support.
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Continuous Beams
Example 1
A W18 55 (Z
x
= 112 in
3
) has been
selected for the beam shown in the figure.
Using 50 ksi steel and assuming full lateral
support, determine the value of w
n
.
( ) k/ft
n
w
ft 30 ft 24
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Continuous Beams
Example 1 (contd)
The nominal (plastic) moment of the beam
is calculated first:
The virtualwork expressions are written
separately for each span of the continuous
beams.
The collapse mechanisms for the two
spans are drawn as shown in Fig. 5b.
( )
k  ft 7 . 466
12
112 50
= = = Z F M
y n
(6)
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Continuous Beams
Example 1 (contd)
( ) k/ft
n
w
ft 30 ft 24
1
2
2
Figure 5
(a)
(b)
+
ft 15 ft 15
x
x  ft 24
Real hinge
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Continuous Beams
Example 1 (contd)
Calculation of rotation angles:
Using Eq. 4, the location of the plastic hinge for
the left span is
From the triangle of the right span:
From the triangle of the left span:
( ) ft 94 . 9 24 414 . 0 414 . 0 = = = L x
15
15
tan
1
1
= =
ft 06 . 14 94 . 9 24 24 = = x
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Continuous Beams
Example 1 (contd)
Also
Therefore,
Virtualwork applied to right span:
06 . 14
06 . 14
tan
2
2
= =
414 . 1
94 . 9
06 . 14
94 . 9
tan
2
= = =
int. ext.
work Internal work External
W W =
=
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Continuous Beams
Example 1 (contd)
Virtualwork applied to left span:
( ) ( ) ( )
( ) ( )
( )
( )
( )
ft
k
30 . 8 7 . 466 01778 . 0 01778 . 0
15 30
4 2
4 15
2
1
30
2
avg 1 1
= = = =
= 
.

\

+ + =
n
n
n
n n
n n
M
M
w
M w
M L w
( ) ( ) ( )
( ) ( )
( )
( )
( )
ft
k
44 . 9 7 . 466 02023 . 0 02023 . 0 . 0
06 . 14 24
414 . 3 2
414 . 1 06 . 14
2
1
24
avg 2 2
= = = =
+ + = 
.

\

+ + =
n
n
n
n n
n n
M
M
w
M w
M L w
Controls
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Continuous Beams
Example 2
Using a W21 44 (Z
x
= 95.4 in
3
) consisting
of A992 steel, determine the value of P
n
for
the beam shown.
n
P
n
P 5 . 1
n
P
ft 30 ft 30 ft 30
ft 15 ft 15 ft 15 ft 15 ft 15 ft 15
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Continuous Beams
Example 2 (contd)
Collapse Mechanisms:
n
P
n
P 5 . 1
n
P
ft 30 ft 30 ft 30
ft 15 ft 15 ft 15 ft 15 ft 15 ft 15
15 15 15
2 2 2
Figure 6
(a)
(b)
Real hinge
Real hinge
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Continuous Beams
Example 2 (contd)
The nominal (plastic) moment of the beam
is calculated first:
The virtualwork expressions are written
separately for each span of the continuous
beams.
The collapse mechanisms for the three
spans are drawn as shown in Fig. 6b.
( )
k  ft 5 . 397
12
4 . 95 50
= = = Z F M
y n
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Continuous Beams
Example 2 (contd)
For the first and third spans:
For the center span:
( ) ( )
( )
( ) kips 5 . 79 5 . 397 2 . 0 2 . 0
15
3
2 15
int. ext.
= = = =
+ =
=
n
n
n
n n
M
M
P
M P
W W
( ) ( )
( )
( )
( ) kips 7 . 70 5 . 397 1778 . 0 1778 . 0
15 5 . 1
4
2 15 5 . 1
int. ext.
= = = =
+ + =
=
n
n
n
n n
M
M
P
M P
W W
Controls