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Questions tagged [structural-analysis]

Structural analysis is the determination of the effects of loads on physical structures and their components. Structures subject to this type of analysis include all that must withstand loads, such as buildings, bridges, vehicles, furniture, soil strata, prostheses and biological tissue.

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Can secondary beams be supported to columns occaisionally?

If there are secondary beams running between primary beams, and columns support the primary beams, then is it allowable to have the occasional secondary beam pinned to a column? Otherwise it seems to ...
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What does 'Analysis Model Value' in NASTRAN optimization mean?

I am new to MSC NASTRAN and PATRAN. I am running a simulation on composite laminate optimization. While creating the design variables for the study, I noticed that there is a parameter called '...
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What is the 'application standard' referred to in EN 1993-1-7

I'm using the Eurocodes for some structural analysis and am looking for the limiting value of deflection of a plate. EN 1993-1-7, Section 8.2 states: For limiting values of out of plane deflection w ...
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What diameter aluminum pole do I need to lift 100 lbs vertically?

I am wanting to use an aluminum pole (as a Jin Pole) to lift the mast on my sailboat into place. My mast is about 30 ft. long and weighs between 80 – 100 lbs. The aluminum pole would be stood ...
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Neutral axis in canteliver beam at support

First, I thought the neutral axis would just be the y bar which can be obtained from the centroid of the cross-section but is different. I have tried letting the net moment at the wall = 0 and the ...
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How to identify building types?

In absence of documents(e.g. plan, drawings etc.) how to determine the category of building after building has been erected completely? See the intended categories of buildings in the attached image. ...
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Someone please explain how to get the FAx and FEx because both support are pin.. I only got the FAy and FEy

Can someone explain how to get the Fx for the support A and E
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Understanding plastic deformation

Is understanding tensors a prerequisite for understanding plastic deformation (metal forming) equations, plane stress, plane strain conditions, etc..? If so which book should I use to understand ...
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FBD of folding table leg

I've drawn an FBD of one leg of the table the picture. I've a feeling I'm missing something. Am I?
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Stress analysis for the same configuration but different material

The same geometry and the same free body diagram. However, if we replace the material from steel to glass, for example. How does that influence the analysis? Two things I think are 1. steel is ...
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How to model a UDL over a plate for bending?

If I have a square plate of height h supported along one side (an L-bracket, modeled as fixed support), and there is an evenly distributed force acting over the face of the plate. From load analysis I ...
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How to create tapered beam in Patran

A hollow cylindrical beam with inner radius is constant and have a varying outer diameter. How can i create this structure using 1-D or 2-D in Patran
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structural radius for strain evaluation - Propeller Design

What is 'structural radius for strain evaluation' in aircraft propeller design?
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Minimum thicknesses of an elliptical cylinder pressure vessel

For pressure vessels in the shape of circular cylinders, we can use $\sigma_{hoop}=\frac{pr}{t}$ to find the minimum skin thickness by setting the hoop stress the maximum allowed value, and then ...
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Solar Array Frame Design / Statics Design Problem

I need some help with a statics design problem. I am tasked with designing a solar panel frame to mount on a building and am the only engineer on staff so I don't have anyone else to ask the simple ...
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20g 11 msec shock

Is there any reliable procedure to estimate a constant acceleration acting on a body (for structural calculation) in case it is subjected to a momentary shock? I'm assuming it is possible to ...
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Shear strength polymers

I was looking for some shear strength properties of common polymers/plastics.... I have not found any usefull information yet. I know polymers aren't that linear elastic, but I expected to find some ...
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How to join two beams rigidly?

Hi I am making a beam model using Abaqus. There are two beams created. I wanted to join two beams rigidly in the connection to transfer moments between beams. However, I do not know what connector or ...
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Is it possible to share the results of a static analysis to another static analysis in Ansys?

I am using Ansys R18.2 I have different load cases to analyze on one single structure. Each analysis starts with the structure being loaded and some bolt pretension then the load case diverges in the ...
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Strain gauge placement to measure a twisting beam

Where is it best to place a strain gauge to measure the twist of a beam? And what type of gauge is best? In my application, I have a small metal part which experiences a twisting and bending force. ...
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Is there any need to consider loading sequence in construction stage for structure analysis?

Load sequence in phases can be considered applying the self-weight load only to the story added in the appropriate phase. Assuming that the material will not go into yield stage ( will always be at ...
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How to calculate maximum permitted load from rating factor equation?

I am still fuzzy with this I have the corroded model in Abaqus, so I have the stress value and I want to know a maximum permitted load of my bridge model from this equation Capacity/load > 1 but I ...
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Is it true that if the structure damaged or corroded, the stress will be lower?

I am comparing the stress results between original or non-corroded model to corroded model. I found that the stress value in non corroded model is lot more bigger than the corroded model, is it ...
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How to calculate residual strength of a corroded structure from their stress values?

Currently, I have an actual entire corroded bridge model in the FEM analysis in Abaqus I want to estimate the residual strength of this bridge due to corrosion from the output results in the Abaqus, I ...
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Do scaled models reflect strength characteristics of full size

Lets say you want to build a bridge out of carbon fiber. This has never been never been done before, and it's super expensive stuff. So your goal is to use as little material as possible, but ...
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Polyurethane tube simulation in Solidworks [closed]

I am doing polyurethane tube simulation in Solidworks Simulation. I am using material PUR for polyurethane already defined in Solidworks. I have a question about the model type to be selected for ...
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Should I apply Force or Pressure, Ansys Static Structural

I am working on a project where I must find the maximum principal stresses on an object subjected to impact loading condition. I know the velocity of the object (the one which will hit the test object)...
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Transfering moment through internal hinge

My professor says, the internal hinge can not transfer moment: But can we calculate $\Sigma M_A=0$ for whole beam ( without cutting it or something) this way?: $\Sigma M_A=0 ===\Rightarrow M_A+(D_y ...
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What does 1 x rpm or 2 x rpm or 3 x rpm in vibration analysis mean?

a description for virbation monitoring of industrial bearings states: peak amplitues at 1 x rpm should be an indicator for a fault in my case. Can somebody explain me what I have to understand ...
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Mechanical engineering

I am from electronic field and I have a question regarding solid mechanics.I have to do modeling and analysis of a capacitive sensor under normal force measurement using finite element method. I will ...
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Difficult Toy Ball Analysis

Note, as I have my degree in chemistry, I denote "=>" as the next step in the equation. Also, sorry for any obvious mistakes that I made - as I mentioned, my degree is not in engineering. Thanks! I ...
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Resist rotation with friction or teeth?

I prototyped this attractive wooden sit/stand laptop stand but ran into a problem keeping the legs tight enough to hold their position. There are 1/16" thick EPDM washers between the oak legs - the ...
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Shear force expression for singly supported triangular load

From equilibrium: $$C_y = \frac{w_0L}{2}$$ And the load is given by: $$w(x) = \frac{w_0}{L}x$$ Thus the expressions for shear and moment are given by: $$V(x) =\int{-w(x)dx}=-\frac{w_0}{2L}x^2 + C_1\...
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What is the maximum deflection and bending moment of a hinged hinged beam? [closed]

It is not a simply supported beam with one end hinged the other end with roller support. I am working on both the ends hinged beam. i.e at the two ends only rotation about z axis is allowed and all ...
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Independent constraints - Procedure to verify it

I am wondering if there is a procedure to verify that the constraints of a system of rigid bodies are independent. Here there is an example of a system with dependent constraints: L beam - Strange ...
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L beam - Strange result

I have the following system (at P and Q there is a ball joint; the length of L beam is l; the PB and PA forces are applied at l/2 and are known; Fz is not zero and is known): The system has 0 degrees ...
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Is it safe to slightly cut the edge of RCC beam for passage of AC Vent and wiring?

My electrician made a cut in the wall and the beam as in the image in my absence. The cutting is done with hammer and chisel and it is around 1.5inch deep..I'm really worried that it might impact the ...
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Finding the displacement in a truss using energy method Question

I've been trying to revise for an upcoming final so I am solving problems from the previous chapters.I've been wracking my head on this for a while (about 1-2hrs) but I just can't seem to get it. For ...
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How can I determine horizontal force reactions in a fixed on both ends beam [closed]

How can I determine horizontal force reactions in a fixed on both ends beam like this one?
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Cantilever beam with disc at end (structural mechanics)

I am trying to figure out how I can assemble multiple finite elements to obtain the system mass matrix $\boldsymbol{M}$ and the stiffness matrix $\boldsymbol{K}$. The situation is depicted in a ...
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How to analyse a frame of a machine?

I am bit confused in considering the methods to apply for designing. Consider a machine, which as several parts mounted on the frame (frame is of any sectional shape for exampe: ´I´ section). Let ...
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Rayleigh damping in structural mechanics

In structural mechanics, we often approximate a partial differential equation by a system of ordinary differential equations in matrix form $$\boldsymbol{M}\ddot{\boldsymbol{q}}(t)+\boldsymbol{B}\dot{...
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How to run response spectrum for members with compression only spring in MIDAS

When running a structural model supported on footings with compression only springs, I encountered tension reaction forces in the springs. This occurs when running seismic load case using response ...
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Guidance on solid timber cut rafter structural analysis to Eurocode 5

I am trying to find worked examples of structural analysis of traditional cut solid timber rafters for domestic housing using Eurocode 5 (EN 1995-1-1) methodology. I have checked out a number of ...
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Machines components?

When analyzing machines, how to tell if a point that was attached to another part will have only an $x$ or $y$ component or both? why wouldn't point $B$, $C$ and $A$ have an $x$ component?
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Trying to shed some weight on my design, any thoughts?

I am trying to design a lifting mechanism and I would love some insight/opinions as to how I can shed some weight off it. The current weight I have for my mechanism is 187.5kg, however, this is ...
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Ansys: Contact issues

I've modeled a composite sandwich specimen.This deals with piezoelectricity stuff..which contains 4 substrates(with sequence 45-0-0-45) added resin on both top sides of substrate 1 and substrate 4, ...
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Is it useful to stuff my glasses with newspaper to protect them?

(I'm not sure if this question belongs to this stack exchange, but it seems appropriate to me) I have a very practical situation and our knowledge is lacking to be able to solve our debate. The ...
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Stability Check of Masonry or Brick Vault (or arch)

I need Some help in Checking the stability of a masonry vault (Voute in french) or even an arch. Hand Calculation: If anyone know any article or reference that can help me to check the stability of ...