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As you can see in the picture, the L beam is 1in x 1/2in x 1/8in thick x 72in long and is made of ASTM A36 steel. It's bolted onto a vertical upright on both ends.

What is the maximum uniformly distributed load that this L beam can support without bending?

What you see in the picture will serve as the front end of a shelf, with a wooden plank (and supports) resting on it.

Here's the link to the A36 steel properties: https://www.metalsdepot.com/steel-products/steel-angle

Could you please also share how you arrived at your answer, so I can calculate for different L beam lengths and loads?

  • $\begingroup$ Welcome to Engineering! This looks like a "homework question" (even if it isn't homework). In order for such questions to be answered in this site, we need you to add details describing the precise problem you're having. What have you tried to solve this yourself? Please edit your question to include this information. $\endgroup$ – Wasabi Nov 12 '18 at 17:50
  • $\begingroup$ Hi, what additional should I provide...? I think the picture captures everything... $\endgroup$ – RDM Nov 12 '18 at 18:18
  • $\begingroup$ "[...] [describe] the precise problem you're having. What have you tried to solve this yourself?" The exercise you've posted isn't your problem. Your problem is that you don't know how to solve this exercise. So tell us what you've already tried, and which part of the process you're having trouble with. $\endgroup$ – Wasabi Nov 12 '18 at 18:24
  • $\begingroup$ Zero. Any load will bend it. But I suppose you were really trying to ask something different. $\endgroup$ – alephzero Nov 12 '18 at 22:38