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Beam (flexure) Element

*Please review pure bending theory


Displacement function:

Boundary
Conditions:

Assume a displacement function of


the form:

Substituting each BC into displacement


function in turn gives:
NOW

Solving for the constants

Substituting coefficients into displacement function becomes:

Gathering coefficients of nodal variables, displacement


function becomes:
Stiffness matrix:
e.g.

This system can be reduced by enforcing the boundary conditions


The reduced system becomes:
Equivalent Nodal Loads

e.g.

becomes