# How do I solve this truss to get T4 and T5 force I got T3 It seems to me there is too many unknowns to solve further

Yes, it's a determinate structure and you can solve for T4 and T5 using statics.

Method of Joints

One approach is to use Method of Joints to progressively solve for the member forces, and it looks like this is the approach you've chosen. With two equations of equilibrium ($$\sum F_x = 0$$, $$\sum F_y = 0$$) we can solve for two unknown member forces at any node. From your calculations, this is what you've arrived at for the node where $$F_2$$ is applied (Node C, below). Everything is known except T4 and T5. Sometimes it is necessary to use a system of equations to achieve a solution, and that is the case here.

Below is a sketch of the truss with named nodes for ease of reference. I kept A and B as you had designated. Lengths of the angled members are noted in parentheses. The steps followed in your calculations are appropriate for the Method of Joints:

1. Determine external support reactions
2. Solve Node B
3. Solve Node G
4. Solve Node C (where the difficulty arose)

Looking at Node C: $$F_2$$ is known from the problem statement. $$F_{CB}$$ and $$F_{CG}$$ were solved for in Steps 2 and 3, respectively, leaving us to solve for $$F_{CD}$$ and $$F_{CA}$$.

We use the known geometry to break each member force into x and y components, and then solve our two equations of equilibrium, $$\sum F_x = 0$$, $$\sum F_y = 0$$. Both equations will have $$F_{CD}$$ and $$F_{CA}$$ as unknowns. Solve simultaneously and, voila.

Side note: I find it convenient to use the triangle geometry of each member (i.e. the member is the hypotenuse of a right triangle) along with SOH-CAH-TOA to solve for the X and Y components of any member force. It's often simpler than dealing with the angles themselves. As an example, the vertical component of the force in Member AC can be calculated as $$F_{AC} \frac{2.57}{3.95}$$.

Method of Sections

Another option is to make a vertical section cut through T5, T4, and T3 and use Method of Sections to solve for those element forces. For example, take the portion of the structure from the section cut to the left. We can sum moments about Support A to determine T5 ($$F_{DC}$$), because T4 and T3 will produce no moment about A. Sum of the forces in X and Y directions get you the rest of the way. Solving the Remainder of the Truss

Should you want or need to solve for all the member forces, you can continue with Method of Joints. By inspection we can say the only way equilibrium can be satisfied at Node F is for the forces in both members to be zero. Similarly, with no external force applied at Node D, we know that $$F_{DC} = F_{DE}$$ and thus $$F_{DA} = 0$$.

• thank you I managed to solve it on my own by the joint method from point C where I got an equation for forces in the y direction and one from the x then I solved the system of equations and it worked out. – stormy2020 May 28 '20 at 13:59