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Homework Help: Basic Statics problem, forces on a Truss

  1. Feb 15, 2013 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    The truss is supported by a pin at A and roller at B. Determine the support reactions.

    2. Relevant equations

    sum of forces along y-axis, sum of forces along x-axis, sum of all torques

    3. The attempt at a solution

    Sum of x= Fax+ Fbx+ 5sin45=0
    Sum of y=Fay+Fby-10 -5sin45=0

    I would like to know how the forces act on the truss, and why. It hasn't been very well explained to me. Thank you : )

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  3. Feb 16, 2013 #2
    In a real structure there would be a lot more forces representing self-weight, snow, wind, loads from internal cranes etc. In this case, which is a 'learning example' you could imagine the 10 kN load as representing the self weight and other permanent loads, and the 5 kN load as a simplified wind load, which, in reality would be a variable distributed load.
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