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# 304 CHAPTER 5 Stresses in Beams

Design of Beams
P s2 P
Problem 5.6-1 The cross section of a narrow-gage railway
Steel rail
bridge is shown in part (a) of the figure. The bridge is constructed Wood
with longitudinal steel girders that support the wood cross ties. tie d
The girders are restrained against lateral buckling by diagonal
bracing, as indicated by the dashed lines. b
The spacing of the girders is s1  50 in. and the spacing
Steel
of the rails is s2  30 in. The load transmitted by each rail to a girder
single tie is P  1500 lb. The cross section of a tie, shown in (b)
part (b) of the figure, has width b  5.0 in. and depth d.
s1
Determine the minimum value of d based upon an allowable
bending stress of 1125 psi in the wood tie. (Disregard the weight (a)
of the tie itself.)

Steel rail
Wood
tie d

b
s1
(b)
(a)

## s1  50 in. b  5.0 in. s2  30 in. 5d 2

Mmax  sallow S15,000  (1125)
d  depth of tie P  1500 lb allow  1125 psi 6
P(s1  s2 ) Solving, d2  16.0 in. dmin  4.0 in.
Mmax   15,000 lb-in.
2
bd 2 1 5d 2 3P(s1  s2 )
S  (50 in.)(d 2 )  d  inches Note: Symbolic solution: d 2 
6 6 6 bsallow

5b
Problem 5.6-2 A fiberglass bracket ABCD of solid circular cross
section has the shape and dimensions shown in the figure. A vertical A B
load P  36 N acts at the free end D.
Determine the minimum permissible diameter dmin of the bracket if
the allowable bending stress in the material is 30 MPa and b  35 mm. 2b
(Disregard the weight of the bracket itself.) D C

P 2b

## Solution 5.6-2 Fiberglass bracket

DATA P  36 N allow  30 MPa b  35 mm MINIMUM DIAMETER
CROSS SECTION 96Pb (96)(36 N)(35 mm)
d3  
d 4 sallow (30 MPa)
d = diameter I
64  1,283.4 mm3
MAXIMUM BENDING MOMENT Mmax  P(3b) dmin  10.9 mm

## MAXIMUM BENDING STRESS

Mmax c d 3Pbd 96 Pb
smax  c  sallow  
I 2 2I d 3
SECTION 5.6 Design of Beams 305

## Problem 5.6-3 A cantilever beam of length L  6 ft supports a uniform P  2500 lb

load of intensity q  200 lb/ft and a concentrated load P  2500 lb
(see figure). q  200 lb/ft
Calculate the required section modulus S if allow  15,000 psi. Then
select a suitable wide-flange beam (W shape) from Table E-1, Appendix
E, and recalculate S taking into account the weight of the beam. Select a
new beam size if necessary.
L = 6 ft

## Solution 5.6-3 Cantilever beam

P  2500 lb q  200 lb/ft L  6 ft TRIAL SECTION W 8  21
allow  15,000 psi S  18.2 in.3 q0  21 lb/ft
2
REQUIRED SECTION MODULUS q0 L
M0   378 lb-ft  4536 lb-in.
qL2 2
Mmax  PL   15,000 lb-ft  3,600 lb-ft
2 Mmax  223,200  4,536  227,700 lb-in.
18,600 lb-ft  223,200 lb-in. Mmax 227,700 lb-in.
Required S    15.2 in.3
Mmax 223,200 lb-in. sallow 15,000 psi
S   14.88 in.3
sallow 15,000 psi 15.2 in.3  18.2 in.3  Beam is satisfactory.

Use W 8  21

P = 4000 lb
Problem 5.6-4 A simple beam of length L  15 ft carries a uniform 7.5 ft
load of intensity q  400 lb/ft and a concentrated load P  4000 lb q = 400 lb/ft
(see figure).
Assuming allow  16,000 psi, calculate the required section
modulus S. Then select an 8-inch wide-flange beam (W shape) from
Table E-1, Appendix E, and recalculate S taking into account the
weight of the beam. Select a new 8-inch beam if necessary.
L = 15 ft

## Solution 5.6-4 Simple beam

P  4000 lb q  400 lb/ft L  15 ft TRIAL SECTION W 8  28
allow  16,000 psi use an 8-inch W shape S  24.3 in.3 q0  28 lb/ft
REQUIRED SECTION MODULUS q0 L 2

## PL qL2 M0   787.5 lb-ft  9450 lb-in.

Mmax    15,000 lb-ft  11,250 lb-ft 8
4 8 Mmax  315,000  9,450  324,450 lb-in.
 26,250 lb-ft  315,000 lb-in.
Mmax 324,450 lb-in.
Mmax 315,000 lb-in. Required S    20.3 in.3
S   19.69 in.3 sallow 16,000 psi
sallow 16,000 psi
20.3 in.3  24.3 in.3  Beam is satisfactory.
Use W 8  28
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## Problem 5.6-5 A simple beam AB is loaded as shown in the figure on P

q q
the next page. Calculate the required section modulus S if allow  15,000 psi,
L  24 ft, P  2000 lb, and q  400 lb/ft. Then select a suitable I-beam
(S shape) from Table E-2, Appendix E, and recalculate S taking into A B
account the weight of the beam. Select a new beam size if necessary.
L L L L

4 4 4 4

## Solution 5.6-5 Simple beam

P  2000 lb q  400 lb/ft L  24 ft TRIAL SECTION S 10  25.4
allow  15,000 psi
S  24.7 in.3 q0  25.4 lb/ft
2
REQUIRED SECTION MODULUS q0 L
M0   1829 lb-ft  21,950 lb-in.
8
PL qL2
Mmax    12,000 lb-ft  7,200 lb-ft Mmax  230,400  21,950  252,300 lb-in.
4 32
 19,200 lb-ft  230,400 lb-in. Mmax 252,300 lb-in.
Required S    16.8 in.3
Mmax 230,400 lb-in. sallow 15,000 psi .
S   15.36 in.3
sallow 15,000 psi 16.8 in.3  24.7 in.3  Beam is satisfactory.
Use S 10  25.4

## Problem 5.6-6 A pontoon bridge (see figure) is constructed of two

longitudinal wood beams, known as balks, that span between adjacent Chess
pontoons and support the transverse floor beams, which are called Pontoon
chesses.
For purposes of design, assume that a uniform floor load of
8.0 kPa acts over the chesses. (This load includes an allowance for
the weights of the chesses and balks.) Also, assume that the chesses
are 2.0 m long and that the balks are simply supported with a span of
3.0 m. The allowable bending stress in the wood is 16 MPa. Balk
If the balks have a square cross section, what is their minimum
required width bmin?

## Solution 5.6-6 Pontoon bridge

Chess LR  2.0 m
Pontoon
FLOOR LOAD: w  8.0 kPa
ALLOWABLE STRESS: allow  16 MPa

## Lc  length of chesses Lb  length of balks

Balk  2.0 m  3.0 m
Lb  3.0 m
SECTION 5.6 Design of Beams 307

Section modulus S 
6
KN
q  8.0 m
qL2b (8.0 kNm)(3.0 m) 2
b Mmax    9,000 N  m

8 8
b
Mmax 9,000 N  m
S   562.5  106 m3
Lb  3.0 m sallow 16 MPa

b3
W  total load  562.5  106 m3andb3  3375  106 m3
6
 wLb Lc
Solving, bmin  0.150 m  150 mm
W wLc
q 
2Lb 2
(8.0 kPa)(2.0 m)

2
 8.0 kN/m

## Problem 5.6-7 A floor system in a small building consists of

wood planks supported by 2 in. (nominal width) joists spaced at
distance s, measured from center to center (see figure). The span Planks
length L of each joist is 10.5 ft, the spacing s of the joists is 16 in.,
and the allowable bending stress in the wood is 1350 psi. The uni-
form floor load is 120 lb/ft2, which includes an allowance for
the weight of the floor system itself. s
Calculate the required section modulus S for the joists, and
then select a suitable joist size (surfaced lumber) from Appendix F, s
L
assuming that each joist may be represented as a simple beam car- s

## Solution 5.6-7 Floor joists

qL2 1
q Mmax   (13.333 lbin.)(126 in.) 2  26,460 lb-in.
8 8
Mmax 26,460 lbin.
Required S    19.6 in.3
sallow 1350 psi

## allow  1350 psi

L  10.5 ft  126 in.
w  floor load  120 lb/ft2  0.8333 lb/in.2
s  spacing of joists  16 in.
q  ws  13.333 lb/in.
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Problem 5.6-8 The wood joists supporting a plank floor (see figure) are
40 mm  180 mm in cross section (actual dimensions) and have a span
length L  4.0 m. The floor load is 3.6 kPa, which includes the weight
of the joists and the floor.
Calculate the maximum permissible spacing s of the joists if the
allowable bending stress is 15 MPa. (Assume that each joist may be
represented as a simple beam carrying a uniform load.)

## Solution 5.6-8 Spacing of floor joists

Planks

h = 180 mm

s b = 40 mm
L
s
Joists

L  4.0 m
w  floor load  3.6 kPa allow  15 MPa
s  spacing of joists

L  4.0 m

q  ws 4 bh2sallow
SPACING OF JOISTS smax 
3wL2
bh2
S Substitute numerical values:
6
4(40 mm)(180 mm) 2 (15 MPa)
qL2 wsL2 smax 
Mmax   3(3.6 kPa) (4.0 m) 2
8 8
 0.450 m  450 mm
Mmax wsL2 bh2
S  
sallow 8sallow 6
SECTION 5.6 Design of Beams 309

## Problem 5.6-9 A beam ABC with an overhang from B to C is q

constructed of a C 10  30 channel section (see figure). The beam
supports its own weight (30 lb/ft) plus a uniform load of intensity A C
B
q acting on the overhang. The allowable stresses in tension and
compression are 18 ksi and 12 ksi, respectively.
Determine the allowable uniform load qallow if the distance L L
L equals 3.0 ft.

in. 0.649 in.
10.0 in.

## Solution 5.6-9 Beam with an overhang

DATA Allowable bending moment
C 10  30 channel section based upon tension

## c1  2.384 in. c2  0.649 in. st I (18 ksi)(3.94 in.4 )

Mt    29,750 lb-in.
c1 2.384 in.
I  3.94 in.4 (from Table E-3)
Allowable bending moment
q0  weight of beam ABC
based upon compression
 30 lb/ft  2.5 lb/in.
sc I (12 ksi)(3.94 in.4 )
q  load on overhang Mc    72,850 lb-in.
c2 0.649 in.
L  length of overhang
 3.0 ft = 36 in. Allowable bending moment
Tension governs. Mallow  29,750 lb-in.
ALLOWABLE STRESSES
t  18 ksi c  12 ksi Allowable uniform load q

## Maximum bending moment (q  q0 )L2 2Mallow

Mmax  qallow  q0 
2 L2
(q  q0 )L2
Mmax occurs at support B. Mmax  2Mallow 2(29,750 lb-in.)
2 qallow   q0   2.5 lbin.
2
Tension on top; compression on bottom. L (36 in.) 2
 45.91  2.5  43.41 lb/in.
qallow  (43.41)(12)  521 lb/ft

## Problem 5.6-10 A so-called trapeze bar in a hospital

room provides a means for patients to exercise while in bed
(see figure). The bar is 2.1 m long and has a cross section in
the shape of a regular octagon. The design load is 1.2 kN applied
at the midpoint of the bar, and the allowable bending stress is C
h
200 MPa.
Determine the minimum height h of the bar. (Assume that
the ends of the bar are simply supported and that the weight of
the bar is negligible.)
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P
L
2 C
h

b
L

## P  1.2 kN L  2.1 m allow  200 MPa b  0.41421h  IC  1.85948(0.41421h)4  0.054738h4

Determine minimum height h.
Section modulus
Maximum bending moment IC 0.054738h4
S   0.109476h3
PL (1.2 kN)(2.1 m) h2 h2
Mmax    630 N  m

4 4
Minimum height h

## Properties of the cross section M M

s S 
S s
Use Appendix D, Case 25, with n  8 630N m
0.109476h3   3.15  106 m3

b 200 MPa
b  length of one side h3  28.7735  106 m3 h  0.030643 m
h
 2 360 360
b   45  hmin  30.6 mm
C n 8
b b Alternative solution (n  8)
b tan  (from triangle)
2 2 h PL b b
b h M b  45tan  2  1cot  2  1
 h cot  4 2 2
2 2 2 b
b  ( 2  1)hh  ( 2  1)b
C
11  82 4 42  5 4
IC  b  h
b 45 12 12
For   45:  tan  0.41421
h 2 42  5 3 3PL
S h h3 
h 45 6 2(42  5)sallow
 cot  2.41421
b 2 Substitute numerical values:
h3  28.7735  106 m3 hmin  30.643 mm
Moment of inertia
nb4 b b
IC  cot 3 cot2  1
192 2 2
8b4
IC  (2.41421) [3(2.41421) 2  1]  1.85948b4
192

## Problem 5.6-11 A two-axle carriage that is part of an overhead traveling

crane in a testing laboratory moves slowly across a simple beam AB (see 4000 lb 2000 lb
figure). The load transmitted to the beam from the front axle is 2000 lb 5 ft
and from the rear axle is 4000 lb. The weight of the beam itself may be
disregarded.
(a) Determine the minimum required section modulus S for the beam A B
if the allowable bending stress is 15.0 ksi, the length of the beam is 16 ft,
and the wheelbase of the carriage is 5 ft.
16 ft
(b) Select a suitable I-beam (S shape) from Table E-2, Appendix E.
SECTION 5.6 Design of Beams 311

## Solution 5.6-11 Moving carriage

P2 P1 Bending moment under larger load P2
x d
M  RA x  125(43x  3x2) (x  ft; M  lb-ft)

## Maximum bending moment

A B dM
Set equal to zero and solve for x  xm.
dx
L
dM 43
RA
 125(43  6x)  0x  xm   7.1667 ft
dx 6
43 43 2
P1  load on front axle Mmax  (M) xxm  125 B (43)  3 R
 2000 lb 6 6
P2  load on rear axle 19, 260 lb-ft  231,130 lb-in.
 4000 lb
L  16 ft d  5 ft allow  15 ksi (a) Minimum section modulus
x  distance from support A to the larger load P2 (feet)
Mmax 231,130 lb-in.
Lx Lxd Smin    15.41 in.3
RA  P2  P1
sallow 15,000 psi
L L
x x 5 (b) Select on I-beam (S shape)
 (4000 lb) 1   (2000 lb) 1  
16 16 16 Table E-2. Select S 8  23
 125(43  3x) (x  ft; RA  lb)
(S  16.2 in.3)

## Problem 5.6-12 A cantilever beam AB of circular cross section and length A

L  450 mm supports a load P  400 N acting at the free end (see figure). B
The beam is made of steel with an allowable bending stress of 60 MPa. d
Determine the required diameter dmin of the beam, considering the P
effect of the beams own weight. L

## Solution 5.6-12 Cantilever beam

DATA L  450 mm P  400 N Minimum diameter
allow  60 MPa Mmax  allow S
  weight density of steel
 77.0 kN/m3  gd 2L2 d 3
PL   sallow
8 32
Weight of beam per unit length Rearrange the equation:
d 2
q  g 32 PL
4 sallow d 3  4g L2 d 2  0

Maximum bending moment (Cubic equation with diameter d as unknown.)
qL2  gd 3L2 Substitute numerical values (d  meters):
Mmax  PL   PL 
2 8 (60  106 N/m2)d 3  4(77,000 N/m3)(0.45m)2d 2
d 3
Section modulus S  32
32  (400 N)(0.45 m)  0

60,000d 3  62.37d 2  1.833465  0
Solve the equation numerically:
d  0.031614 m dmin  31.61 mm
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## Problem 5.6-13 A compound beam ABCD (see figure) is supported at q

points A, B, and D and has a splice (represented by the pin connection)
at point C. The distance a  6.0 ft and the beam is a W 16  57 A
B C D
wide-flange shape with an allowable bending stress of 10,800 psi.
Pin
Find the allowable uniform load qallow that may be placed on top of
the beam, taking into account the weight of the beam itself. 4a a 4a

## Solution 5.6-13 Compound beam

q 5q a2
Mmax   sallow S
2
A
B C D 2sallow S
Pin qmax  qallow  qmax  (weight of beam)
5a2
4a a 4a Data: a  6 ft  72 in. allow  10,800 psi
11qa
RA  8 RB
45qa
RD 2qa W 16  57 S  92.2 in.3
8
Pin connection at point C.
M 121 qa2 2(10,800 psi)(92.2 in.3 )
2qa2 qmax   76.833 lbin.
128 5(72 in.) 2
A B C D  922 lb/ft
11a
8 2a 2a qallow  922 lb/ft  57 lb/ft  865 lb/ft

5qa2

2

## Problem 5.6-14 A small balcony constructed of wood is supported

by three identical cantilever beams (see figure). Each beam has length
L1  2.1 m, width b, and height h  4b/3. The dimensions of the balcony
floor are L1  L2, with L2  2.5 m. The design load is 5.5 kPa acting
over the entire floor area. (This load accounts for all loads except
the weights of the cantilever beams, which have a weight density
  5.5 kN/m3.) The allowable bending stress in the cantilevers is 4b
h=
3
15 MPa.
Assuming that the middle cantilever supports 50% of the load b
L2 L1
and each outer cantilever supports 25% of the load, determine the
required dimensions b and h.

Solution 5.6-14q Cantilever beam for a balcony Middle beam supports 50% of the load.
4b
h= L2 2.5 m
3 q  w  (5.5 kPa)  6875 Nm
2 2
L1 b
Weight of beam
L1  2.1 m L 2  2.5 m Floor dimensions: L 1  L 2 4gb2 4
Design load  w  5.5 kPa q0  gbh   (5.5 kNm2 )b2
3 3
  5.5 kN/m3 (weight density of wood beam)
allow  15 MPa  7333b2 (N/m) (b  meters)
SECTION 5.6 Design of Beams 313

## Maximum bending moment Rearrange the equation:

(q  q0 )L211 (120  106)b3  436,590b2  409,300  0
Mmax   (6875 Nm  7333b2 )(2.1 m) 2
2 2
15,159  16,170b2 (N  m) Solve numerically for dimension b

bh2 8b3 4b
S  b  0.1517 m h  0.2023 m
6 27 3
Mmax  allow S
Required dimensions
8b3
15,159  16,170b2  (15  106 Nm2 ) b  152 mm h  202 mm
27

## Problem 5.6-15 A beam having a cross section in the form of an y

unsymmetric wide-flange shape (see figure) is subjected to a negative b
bending moment acting about the z axis.
1.5 in.
Determine the width b of the top flange in order that the stresses at
1.25 in.
the top and bottom of the beam will be in the ratio 4:3, respectively.
z 12 in.
C

1.5 in.
16 in.

## Solution 5.6-15 Unsymmetric wide-flange beam

y
Areas of the cross section (in.2)
b
A1  1.5b A2  (12)(1.25)  15 in.2
1.5 in.
A1
C1 1.25 in. A3  (16)(1.5)  24 in.2
z 12 in.
C A  A1  A2  A3  39  1.5b (in.2)
C2 A3 A2
B B 1.5 in.
First moment of the cross-sectional area about the
16 in.
lower edge B-B

Stresses at top and bottom are in the ratio 4:3. QBB  a yi Ai  (14.25)(1.5b)  (7.5)(15)  (0.75)(24)
Find b (inches)  130.5  21.375b (in.3)
h  height of beam  15 in.
Distance c2 from line B-B to the centroid C
Locate centroid
QBB 130.5  21.375b 45
stopc1 4 c2    in.
  A 39  1.5b 7
sbottom c2 3
4 60 Solve for b
c1  h   8.57143 in.
7 7 (39  1.5b)(45)  (130.5  21.375b)(7)
3 45 82.125b  841.5 b  10.25 in.
c2  h   6.42857 in.
7 7
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## Problem 5.6-16 A beam having a cross section in the form of a channel y

(see figure) is subjected to a bending moment acting about the z axis.
Calculate the thickness t of the channel in order that the bending
t t
stresses at the top and bottom of the beam will be in the ratio 7:3,
respectively.
t 50 mm
z C

120 mm

## Solution 5.6-16 Channel beam

y Areas of the cross section (mm 2)
A1  ht  50t A2  b1 t  120t  2t 2
A  2A1  A2  220t  2t 2  2t(110t)
A1 A1
c1 A2 t h  50 mm First moment of the cross-sectional area
z C about the lower edge B-B
c2
B B t t
QBB  a yi Ai  (2) (50 t)  (b1 )(t)
t b1 t 2 2
t
 2(25)(50t)  (120  2t)(t)
b  120 mm 2
 t (2500  60t  t 2) (t  mm; Q  mm3)

## t  thickness (constant) (t is in millimeters) Distance c2 from line B-B to the centroid C

b1  b  2t  120 mm  2t
Q BB t(2500  60t  t 2 )
Stresses at the top and bottom are in the ratio 7:3. c2  
A 2t(110  t)
Determine the thickness t.
2500  60t  t 2
  15 mm
Locate centroid 2(110  t)
stop c1 7
  Solve for t
sbottom c2 3 2(110  t)(15)  2500  60t  t 2
7 t 2  90t  800  0 t  10 mm
c1  h  35 mm
10
3
c2  h  15 mm
10

Problem 5.6-17 Determine the ratios of the weights of three beams that
have the same length, are made of the same material, are subjected to the
same maximum bending moment, and have the same maximum bending h = 2b a
stress if their cross sections are (1) a rectangle with height equal to twice
the width, (2) a square, and (3) a circle (see figures).
b a d
SECTION 5.6 Design of Beams 315

## Solution 5.6-17 Ratio of weights of three beams

Beam 1: Rectangle (h  2b) a3
(2) Square: S  a  (6S) 13
Beam 2: Square (a  side dimension) 6
Beam 3: Circle (d  diameter) A2  a2  (6S)2/3  3.3019S 2/3
L, , Mmax, and max are the same in all three beams.
M d 3 32S 13
S  section modulus S  (3) Circle: S  d 
s 32 
Since M and  are the same, the section moduli must d 2  32S 23
be the same. A3    3.6905 S 23
4 4 
bh2 2b3 3S 13
(1) Rectangle: S   b  Weights are proportional to the cross-sectional areas
6 3 2
23 (since L and  are the same in all 3 cases).
3S
A1  2b2  2  2.6207S 23 W1 : W2 : W3  A1 : A2 : A3
2 A1 : A2 : A3  2.6207 : 3.3019 : 3.6905
W1 : W2 : W3  1 : 1.260 : 1.408

t
Problem 5.6-18 A horizontal shelf AD of length L  900 mm, width b
 300 mm, and thickness t  20 mm is supported by brackets at B and C A D
[see part (a) of the figure]. The brackets are adjustable and may be placed B C
in any desired positions between the ends of the shelf. A uniform load of b
intensity q, which includes the weight of the shelf itself, acts on the shelf L
[see part (b) of the figure]. (a)
Determine the maximum permissible value of the load q if the q
allowable bending stress in the shelf is allow  5.0 MPa and the position
B C

L
(b)

## Solution 5.6-18 Shelf with adjustable supports

q
t
A D b
B C
L
Solve for x: x  ( 12  1)
L 2
(a) Substitute x into the equation for either M1 or M2 :
qL2
M1 Mmax  (3  212) Eq. (1)
8
A B C D bt 2
L  900 mm Mmax  sallow S  sallow Eq. (2)
b  300 mm 6
M2 M2
x x t  20 mm Equate Mmax from Eqs. (1) and (2) and solve for q:
allow  5.0 MPa
(b) 4bt 2sallow
For maximum load-carrying capacity, place the supports qmax 
3L2 (3  212)
so that M1  M2 .
Let x  length of overhang Substitute numerical values:
qL qx2 qmax  5.76 kN/m
M1  (L  4x) M2 
8 2
2
qL qx
(L  4x) 
8 2
316 CHAPTER 5 Stresses in Beams

## Problem 5.6-19 A steel plate (called a cover plate) having cross-

4.0  0.5 in. cover plate
sectional dimensions 4.0 in.  0.5 in. is welded along the full length of
the top flange of a W 12  35 wide-flange beam (see figure, which shows
the beam cross section).
What is the percent increase in section modulus (as compared to the W 12  35
wide-flange beam alone)?

## Solution 5.6-19 Beam with cover plate

y Moment of inertia about axis L-L:
4.0  0.5 in. cover plate 1
ILL  I0  (4.0)(0.5) 3  (4.0)(0.5)(6.25  0.25) 2
12
c1
6.25  369.5 in.4
z y C
L L Moment of inertia about z axis:
c2 6.25 ILL  Iz  A1 y 2Iz  I11  A1 y 2
Iz  369.5 in.4  (12.3 in.2)(1.057 in.)2  355.8 in.4

All dimensions in inches. Section modulus (Use the smaller of the two section
moduli)
Wide-flange beam alone Iz 355.8 in.4
(Axis L-L is centroidal axis) S1    48.69 in.3
c2 7.307 in.
W 12  35 d  12.50 in.
A0  10.3 in.2 I0  2.85 in.4 S0  45.6 in.3 Increase in section modulus
S1 48.69
Beam with cover plate   1.068
(z axis is centroidal axis) S0 45.6

## First moment with respect to axis L-L:

Q1  a yi Ai  (6.25 in.  0.25 in.)(4.0 in.)(0.5 in.)
 13.00 in.3
Q1 13.00 in.3
y   1.057 in.
A1 12.3 in.2
c1  6.25  0.5  y  5.693 in.
c2  6.25  y  7.307 in.

## Problem 5.6-20 A steel beam ABC is simply supported q

at A and B and has an overhang BC of length L  150 mm
(see figure on the next page). The beam supports a uniform A C
load of intensity q  3.5 kN/m over its entire length of B 2b
450 mm. The cross section of the beam is rectangular
with width b and height 2b. The allowable bending stress 2L L b
in the steel is allow  60 MPa and its weight density is
  77.0 kN/m3.
(a) Disregarding the weight of the beam, calculate t
he required width b of the rectangular cross section.
(b) Taking into account the weight of the beam,
calculate the required width b.
SECTION 5.6 Design of Beams 317

## Solution 5.6-20 Beam with an overhang

q
Substitute numerical values:
A C
2b 3(3.5 kNm)(150 mm) 2
B b3   0.98438  106 m3
4(60 MPa)
b
2L L
b  0.00995 m  9.95 mm
9qL
3qL RB 
RA  4
4 (b) Include the weight of the beam

## 9qL2 q0  weight of beam per unit length

RB  q0  (b)(2b)  2b 2
32 L  150 mm
M
q  3.5 kN/m (q  q0 )L2 1
0 B C allow  60 MPa Mmax   (q  2g b2 )L2
A 2 2
  77.0 kN/m3
qL2
 2 2b3
S Mmax  allow S
3
qL2 bh2 2b3 1 2b3
Mmax  S   (q  2g b2 ) L2  sallow
2 6 3 2 3
Rearrange the equation:
(a) Disregard the weight of the beam
4allow b 3  6L2 b2  3qL2  0
qL2 2b3
Mmax  allow S  sallow Substitute numerical values:
2 3 (240  106)b3  10,395b2  236.25  0
3qL2 (b  meters)
b3 
4sallow Solve the equation:
b  0.00996 m  9.96 mm

## Problem 5.6-21 A retaining wall 5 ft high is constructed of 3 in.

horizontal wood planks 3 in. thick (actual dimension) that are
p1 = 100 lb/ft2
supported by vertical wood piles of 12 in. diameter (actual 12 in.
dimension), as shown in the figure. The lateral earth pressure diam. 12 in.
diam.
is p1  100 lb/ft2 at the top of the wall and p2  400 lb/ft2 at
the bottom.
Assuming that the allowable stress in the wood is 1200 psi,
calculate the maximum permissible spacing s of the piles. s 3 in.
5 ft
(Hint: Observe that the spacing of the piles may be
governed by the load-carrying capacity of either the planks or
the piles. Consider the piles to act as cantilever beams subjected
to a trapezoidal distribution of load, and consider the planks to
act as simple beams between the piles. To be on the safe side, Top view
assume that the pressure on the bottom plank is uniform and
equal to the maximum pressure.) p2 = 400 lb/ft2
Side view
318 CHAPTER 5 Stresses in Beams

q1
t

h
s q

## (1) Plank at the bottom of the dam q2

t  thickness of plank  3 in.
b  width of plank (perpendicular to the plane Divide the trapezoidal load into two triangles
of the figure) (see dashed line).
p2  maximum soil pressure 1 2h 1 h sh2
 400 lb/ft 2  2.778 lb/in.2 Mmax  (q1 )(h)  (q2 )(h)  (2p1  p2 )
2 3 2 3 6
s  spacing of piles
q  p2 b allow  1200 psi S  section d 3
S Mmax  allow S or
modulus 32
qs2 p2 bs2 sh2 d 3
bt 2 (2p1  p2 )  sallow
Mmax    S 6 32
8 8 6
p2 bs2 bt 2 Solve for s:
Mmax  allow S or  sallow 3 sallow d 3
8 6 s  81.4 in.
Solve for s: 16h2 (2p1  p2 )
4 sallow t 2 Plank governs smax  72.0 in.
s  72.0 in.
B 3p2

## (2) Vertical pile

h  5 ft  60 in.
p1  soil pressure at the top
 100 lb/ft2  0.6944 lb/in.2
q1  p1 s
q2  p2 s
d  diameter of pile  12 in.

## Problem 5.6-22 A beam of square cross section (a  length of each

side) is bent in the plane of a diagonal (see figure). By removing a small y
amount of material at the top and bottom corners, as shown by the shaded
triangles in the figure, we can increase the section modulus and obtain a
stronger beam, even though the area of the cross section is reduced. a a
(a) Determine the ratio  defining the areas that should be removed
in order to obtain the strongest cross section in bending. z C
(b) By what percent is the section modulus increased when the areas
are removed?
a a
SECTION 5.6 Design of Beams 319

## Solution 5.6-22 Beam of square cross section with corners

removed
y
Ratio of section moduli
a S
 (1  3b)(1  b) 2 Eq. (1)
am m (1  ) a
S0
1

q
z 1.10
C h h1
(S)
S0 max  1.0535
a P P1 Eq. (1)
a
1.00 
a  length of each side 0 0.1 0.2 0.3
a  amount removed   19
Beam is bent about the z axis. .50

## Entire cross section (Area D)

a4 a I0 a3 12 Graph of EQ. (1)
I0  c0  S0  
12 12 c0 12
(a) Value of  for a maximum value of S/S0
Square mnpq (Area 1) d S
0
(1  b) 4a4 db S0
I1  Take the derivative and solve this equation for .
12
1
b
Parallelogram mm, n, n (Area 2) 9
1
I2  (base)(height)3 (b) MAXIMUM VALUE OF S/S0
3 Substitute   1/9 into Eq. (1). (S/S0)max  1.0535
1 (1  b)a 3 ba4 The section modulus is increased by 5.35% when the
I2  (ba12) B R  (1  b) 3
3 12 6 triangular areas are removed.

## Reduced cross section (Area qmm, m, p, pq)

a4
I  I1  2I2  (1  3b)(1  b) 3
12
(1  b)a I 12 a3
c S   (1  3b)(1  b) 2
12 c 12

## Problem 5.6-23 The cross section of a rectangular beam having b

width b and height h is shown in part (a) of the figure. For reasons 9
unknown to the beam designer, it is planned to add structural projections d
of width b/9 and height d to the top and bottom of the beam [see part
(b) of the figure].
h h
For what values of d is the bending-moment capacity of the beam
increased? For what values is it decreased?
b d
b

9
(a) (b)
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## Solution 5.6-23 Beam with projections

S2 d
Graph of versus
S1 h
d
d S2
h S1
1 h 2 h
0 1.000
0.25 0.8426
b d 0.50 0.8889
b
0.75 1.0500
9
(a) (b) 1.00 1.2963

## (1) Original beam S2

bh3 h I1 bh2 S1
I1   c1   S1  
12 2 c1 6 1.0

## (2) Beam with projections

1 8b 1 b 0.5
I2  h3  (h  2d) 3
12 9 12 9
0.2937 0.6861
b d
 [8h3  (h  2d) 3 ] 0 h
108 0.5 1.0
h 1
c2   d  (h  2d) Moment capacity is increased when
2 2
d
I2 b [8h3  (h  2d) 3 ] 7 0.6861
S2   h
c2 54(h  2d)
Moment capacity is decreased when
Ratio of section moduli d
6 0.6861
2d 3 h
8  1 

S2 b[8h  (h  2d) ]
3 3
h
  Notes:
S1 9(h  2d)(bh2 ) 2d S2 2d 3 2d
9 1   1 when 1   9 1   8  0
h S1 h h
d
Equal section moduli or  0.6861 and 0
h
S2 d 3
Set  1 and solve numerically for . S2 d 1 41
S1 h is minimum when   0.2937
S1 h 2
d d
 0.6861 and 0
h h
S2
 0.8399
S1 min