Beam stress

  1. Imagine a moderately long beam fixed at one end to a wall. Near the end of the beam, a very heavy weight is kept on top of the beam. At the same spot, two small beams are fixed under the main beam in a V shaped configuration such that the two beams form a sort of "press fit" i.e. they exert a substantial shear and compressive force on each other and on the main beam.

    Will this configuration reduce the shear stress on the main beam?
  2. jcsd
  3. Chegg
    Let me ask: is there any reason to think this configuration would not reduce the shear stress on the main beam?
  4. I can think of none
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