1.1 Introduction To Static
Statics is the branch of mechanics that is concerned with the analysis of loads (force and torque, or "moment") on physical systems in static equilibrium, that is, in a state where the relative positions of subsystems do not vary over time, or where components and structures are at a constant velocity. When in static equilibrium, the system is either at rest, or its center of mass moves at constant velocity. By Newton's first law, this situation implies that the net force and net torque (also known as moment of force) on every part of the system is zero. From this constraint, such quantities as stress or pressure can be derived. The net forces equaling zero is known as the first condition for equilibrium, and the net torque equaling zero is known as the second condition for equilibrium.

1.2 Objectives
 Understand and define moment, determine moments of a force in 2-D and 3-D cases.  Draw a free body diagram (FBD), apply equations of equilibrium to solve a 2D problem.  Define a simple truss, the forces in members of a simple truss and identify zero-force members.

1.3 Aplication
 Equilibrium O f A P article In 2-D
The particle is a model of a real body. The word "particle" does not imply that the particle is a small body. Modelling a body as particle is equivalent to the assumption that all forces applied on body act at the same point. This assumption is acceptable in many practical engineering applications. The free particle and

 Trusses In this chapter we focus on determination on forces internal on the structure. After "freeing" the particle we have concurrent system of forces and we solve the problem of equilibrium of this system of forces according to rules described in section 3. To free a particle means to isolate it from other bodies which the particle is originally joined or in touch with. If both of them are pushing with an equal force then there is a state of equilibrium. This occurs every time a force is applied so that it does not pass through the centroid of the body. that is.2. A moment is due to a force not having an equal and opposite force directly along it's line of action.  Moment The Moment of a force is a measure of its tendency to cause a body to rotate about a specific point or axis. Most particles are constrained. If one of them would suddenly jump back from the door. in the direction of the force. The person who was still pushing on the door created a moment. In order for a moment to develop. All these other bodies must be replaced by forces which they act on the particle in question. or translate.the constrained particle should be distinquished. To determine the forces internal to an engineering structure. The free particle (such as a planet or a bullet) are rarely encountered in a static equilibrium problems. the force must act upon the body in such a manner that the body would begin to twist. This is different from the tendency for a body to move. Imagine two people pushing on a door at the doorknob from opposite sides. the push of the other person would no longer have any opposition and the door would swing away.5. An engineering structures is any connected system of members built to support or transfer forces and to safely withstand the loads applied to it. The first step when solving the equilibrium is "to free" the particle and to sketch so called free.body diagram. forces of of action and reaction between the connected members. we must dismember the structure and . We usually use two component equations of equilibrium in planar (2D) case and three component equations of equlibrium in spatial (3D) case.

roof supports and others are common example of trusses. which states that each action is accompanied by an equal and opposite reaction. Besides. The basic element of a plane truss is the triangle.analyze separate free-body diagrams (FBD) of individual members or combinations of members. the method of sections has the basic advantage that the force in almost any desired member may be found directly from an analysis of a section which is has cut that member. Structural members commonly used are specially shapes which are joined together at their ends or pins. method of joints also one of the part of trusses. Bridges. This analysis requires careful application of Newton’s third law. This method for finding forces in the members of a truss consists of satisfying the conditions of equilibrium for the forces acting on the connecting pin of each joint. Three bars joined by pins at their ends. it is not necessary to proceed with the calculation from joint to joint until the member in question has been reached. not more than three members whose forces are unknown should be cut. Structures built from a basic triangle in the manner described are known as simple trusses. since there are only three available independent equilibrium relations. A framework composed of members joined at their ends to form a rigid structure is called truss. constitute a rigid frame. Thus. and only two independent equilibrium equations are involved. Other than that. The method therefore deals with the equilibrium of concurrent forces. we note that. In choosing a section of a truss. in general. .


In a rectangular coordinate system the equilibrium equations can be represented by three scalar equations. For example. and thus all the forces acting upon the picture must be balanced.2.2 MOMENT The static equilibrium of a particle is an important concept in statics. The most common application involves the analysis of the forces acting upon a sign that is at rest.1 EQUILIBRIUM OF FORCE IN TWO-D The below analysis of the forces acting upon an object in equilibrium is commonly used to analyze situations involving objects at static equilibrium. An engineering application of this concept is determining the tensions of up to three cables under load. That is. for example the forces exerted on each cable of a hoist lifting an object or of guy wires restraining a hot air balloon to the ground. The leftward pull of cable A must balance the rightward pull of cable B and the sum of the upward pull of cable A and cable B must balance the weight of the sign. 2. consider the picture at the right that hangs on a wall. where the sums of forces in all three directions are equal to zero. . The picture is in a state of equilibrium. A particle is in equilibrium only if the resultant of all forces acting on the particle is equal to zero. all horizontal components must add to 0 Newton and all vertical components must add to 0 Newton.

Space frames are extensively used in lighting support structures.3TRUSSES Trusses are used in a variety of applications where a lightweight yet strong structure is required.2. a linear truss is combined with an arch truss to span a larger distance. buildings. and space-based constructions. Trusses are used extensively in bridges. radio and television towers. particularly roofing and flooring. . In some bridge structures.

.Roof Trusses can be designed to fit our needs. Roofs with a pitch or flat chord roof systems can easily be designed to fit our needs. yet cost effective. Each truss is individually engineered to ensure a strong. and attic storage areas are just some of the features that can be incorporated into our truss design. roof system. Cathedral and tray ceilings. planter ledges.


we may substitute the acceleration due to gravity on Earth is . which for . What force acts upon the bottom of each table leg ? The force upward on the legs is found by balancing these forces in the equation given by Newton's Law. Therefore. Therefore the sum of the vector forces must be equal to zero. Example: Consider a table with four legs and a 200 kg object resting motionless in the center of the table.3. the acceleration is equal to zero. Gravity is acting downward on the 200 kg object and the 100 kg table. The 2nd Law tells us that if the object or system is motionless. and torque. Irrotational Equilibrium The sum of the forces is equal to the mass times the acceleration.1 Application of Equilibrium of Force in 2-D Static equilibrium defines the state in which the sum of the forces. however it could be translating or rotating at a constant velocity. on each particle of the system is zero. . A particle in mechanical equilibrium is undergoing neither linear nor rotational acceleration.

the kilograms cancel out. is also zero. Newton's Second Law (applied to torques): The sum of the torques is equal to the rotational mass or moment of inertia (I) times the angular acceleration. and the floor simultaneously exerts the same force upward on each table leg.. multiplying through.. The sign convention is typically chosen in more complex problems to ease the total amount of algebra necessary to analyze the equations in the . The unit is equivalent to the unit of force called a Newton N. or torques. Notice that it is critical that a consistent sign convention be followed throughout the entire analysis effort.. denoted by the lower case Greek letter omega ( ).. Rotational Equilibrium Lesson: In Statics the Sum of the Torques (Moments) is Equal to Zero. We chose positive values to mean upward forces and negative values to mean downward forces. Thus when . but we could have also used the opposite.. and we may solve for This means that each leg exerts a downward force of 735. provided we were consistent. denoted by the capital Greek letter tau ( ).75 Newtons on the floor. The sum of all rotational forces.Substitute in known values. And simplifying. the angular .. Commonly used units for torque are Foot•pounds (ft•lb) and Newton•meters (N•m). The 2nd Law tells us that if the object or system is motionless. and axis.

acceleration is equal to zero. Therefore the sum of the vector torques must be equal to zero. = 10 lb Distance of Object 1 from fulcrum = 10 ft Distance of support from fulcrum = 7 ft Weight of Object 2. = 80 lb Distance of Object 2 from fulcrum = 4 ft What forces act upon the massless lever? . Torques may also be calculated as forces times distances: Example: Consider a massless lever with two weights attached and a single massless support: Weight of Object 1.

If the object was directly over one of the legs. Simplify. And solve for .First let's write the static torque equation for the system... then it's entire weight would be . the remaining 30 pounds must act upward on the lever at the fulcrum in the lower. left corner. However. Also note that the table example used previously stated that the object was in the center of the table. The opposite system could also be used. we could have chosen any point along the lever. so long as we were consistent.. positive may be used for clockwise (CW) torques measured from one point of view. If not. with negative torques used for counterclockwise (CCW) torques measured from the same POV. and therefore Thus. as with forces.. Note that we didn't need to use the fulcrum as the point from which all distances are measured. In this case. for example.. then balancing the torques (in two directions) would result in more force supported by some table legs and less by others.. Since the total weight on the lever is 90 pounds and 60 of those pounds are countered by the support. Substitute in known values.. a force of 60 pounds acts upward on the lever from the support in order to balance the torques on the lever. Forces 1 and 2 are actually the weights of the two objects.. a consistent sign convention must be used.

in addition to one-fourth of the table's weight. or kilonewton-meters. It does not matter as long as a specific point is always taken as the reference point.2 Moment Elements of a Moment The magnitude of the moment of a force acting about a point or axis is directly proportinoal to the distance of the force from the point or axis. The latter case is much more common situation in structural design problems. A moment is expressed in units of foot-pounds. It may also be a reference point or axis about which the force may be considered as causing rotation. while a counterclockwise rotation about the center of moments will be considered negative. A moment also has a sense. The other legs would then only support one-fourth of the table's weight each. A clockwise rotation about the center of moments will be considered a positive moment. The most common way to express a moment is . newton-meters. 3. Moment = Force x Distance or M = (F)(d) The Center of Moments may be the actual point about which the force causes rotation. It is defined as the product of the force (F) and the moment arm (d). kip-feet.supported by that leg. The moment arm or lever arm is the perpendicular distance between the line of action of the force and the center of moments.

we can find the moments about any point in space. the center of the nut.distance of 12 inches from the nut. Moment @ Moment Arm Magnitude of F Total Moment A 8 inches 100 pounds 800 in. = 1200 in-lbs Similarly. The force is applied at an x.pounds B 2 inches 100 pounds 200 in.pounds D 0 inches 100 pounds 0 in. Moment Arm (d) = 12 inches Magnitude (F) = 100 lbs Moment = M = 100 lbs x 12 in. Moment about C The moment arm for calculating the moment around point C is 12 inches. The magnitude of the moment about point C is 12 inches multiplied by the force of 100 lbs to give a total moment of 1200 inch-lbs (or 100 ft-lbs). The center of moments could be point C. A 100 pound force is applied to it at point C. but could also be points A or B or D.The example shows a wrench being applied to a nut.pounds .

the line of action cannot pass through that point. If the line of action does go through that point. . the moment is zero because the magnitude of the moment arm is zero. The total moment was zero because the moment arm was zero as well. Such was the case for point D in the previous wrench poblem. If the moment is to be taken about a point due to a force F.A moment causes a rotation about a point or axis. then in order for a moment to develop. and Z would also be zero because they also lie on the line of action. One could increase the magnitude of the force until the bolt finally broke off (shear failure). The moment of the 200 pound force applied at C is zero because: M = F x d = 200 lbs x 0 in = 0 in-lbs In other words. Y. let us assume that 200 pound force is applied to the wrench as indicated. As another example. The moment about points X. there is no tendency for the 200 pound force to cause the wrench to rotate the nut.

the greater the moment. It is often prudent to note the sense next to the moment when undertaking such problems. There are cases in which it is easier to calculate the moments of the componenets of a force around a certain point than it is to calculate the moment of the force itself. the blue force is an eccentric force. The most efficient structural systems have the least amount of detours possible. This will be discussed in more detail in Lecture 37 and later courses.3 Trusses METHOD OF JOINTS . it must make a detour through the beam. It could be that the determination of the perpendicular distance of the force is more difficult than determining the perpendicular distance of components of the force. one must take great care to be consistant with the sense of each moment.A moment can also be considered to be the result of forces detouring from a direct line drawn between the point of loading of a system and its supports. The moment of several forces about a point is simply the algebraic sum of their component moments about the same point. In this case. When adding the moments of componenets. 3. In order for it to reach the base of the column. The greater the detour.

The magnitude of the AF is obtained from the equation ∑ and AB is then found from ∑ . Its free-body diagram is shown above. The free-body diagrams of portions of members AF and AB are also shown clearly indicate the mechanism of the action and reaction. although the force AB is drawn from the right side and is shown acting away from the pin. The solution may be started with the pin at the left hand. .We begin the analysis with any joint where at least one known load exists and where not more than two unknown forces are present. The proper directions of the forces should be evident by inspection for this sample case. The member AB actually makes contact on the left side of the pin. Thus. and compression (such as AF)will always indicated by an arrow toward the pin. then tension (such as AB) will always be indicated by an arrow away from the pin. if we draw the force arrows on the same side of the pin as the member.

since it now contains only two unknowns. EF and BF. we subsequently analyze joints B. Joints show the force CE is zero when ∑ is applied. Figure above shows the free-body diagramof each joint and its corresponding force polygons. The numbers indicate the order in which the joints are analyzed. This requirements provide a check on the correctness of our work. METHOD OF SECTION .Join F may be analyzed next. When joint D finally reached. which were determined previously from the two neighbouring joints. and D in that order. Proceeding to next joint having no more than two unknowns. C. which represents graphically the two equilibriumconditions ∑ and ∑ . the reaction R2 must equilibrium with the forces in members CD and ED. E.

since it acts away from the cut section. is passed through the truss.Determine the force in the member BE. We can usually draw the forces with their proper senses by a visual approximation of the equilibrium requirements. The load L is greater than the reaction R1. Thus. because it acts toward the cut sectionof member EF. This section has cut three members whose forces are initially unknown. which makes it compressive. for example. Force BE therefore tensile. in balancing the moments about the point B for the left-hand section. so the force BEmust be up and to the right to supply the needed upward component for vertical equilibrium. which makes to the left. cutting it into two parts (figure b). indicated by the dashed line. the force EF is clearly to the left. . An imaginary section.



Student also can draw a free body diagram (FBD). student can determine the forces in members of a simple truss.1 CONCLUSION Students will be able to determine the moment of a force about an axis using A scalar analysis. and. and vector analysis. apply equations of equilibrium to solve a 2-D problem.5. Lastly. .

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