# Bending Moment How are they getting this value?

In summary, Saladsamurai attempted to calculate the maximum bending moment for a uniform cross section, but got confused because he reversed the reactions. He was able to find the answer by working from R1 (2.5 kips) and R2 (7.5 kips).

## Homework Statement

I have no idea how they are getting this value for Mcritical

R1 and R2 are 7.5 kip and 2.5 kip, respectively. My bending diagram shows that the max moment should be (12+6)"(7.5 kip)= 135 kip-in

What on Earth are they doing?

wtf

Sorry Saladsamurai, you'd have to wait for people to read you post and begin to respond before you get frustrated. If you read the guidelines:
you will find that a wait time of 24-48 hours should be normal.

> R1 and R2 are 7.5 kip and 2.5 kip, respectively.
I believe you erred in this calculation. R1 being further away from the 10-kip load than R2, so R1 should be smaller, right?

> My bending diagram shows that the max moment should be (12+6)"(7.5 kip)= 135 kip-in
Had you not inverted the reactions, you would have got the correct maximum bending moment, which happens to be right under the 10-kip load.
You could do the calculations for R1 and R2, and calculate the bending moment under the load from R1 and from R2. They should be identical.

mathmate said:
Sorry Saladsamurai, you'd have to wait for people to read you post and begin to respond before you get frustrated. If you read the guidelines:
you will find that a wait time of 24-48 hours should be normal.

And it says all that in the guidelines Believe it or not, I have posted here on Pf before.

Sometimes I just post random things when I am venting. Now, back to business. So I reversed the reactions when I typed this. Either way, I did get 135 kip-in which is exactly my point.

I wanted to know how they got 30 000 lb-in.

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> I have posted here on Pf before.
I understand that. I was a little worried that after 1691 posts and crowned with the title "pf contributor", you don't seem to understand the rules. It doesn't give good examples to little brothers, you know? ;)

> Sometimes I just post random things when I am venting.
That sounds reasonable. I also understand that you are probably in a rush to show something to your professor.

> Either way, I did get 135 kip-in which is exactly my point.
Can you show your workings how you get 135 kip-in. working from R1 (2.5 Kips) and R2(7.5 kips)? ;)

Since you are in a rush, I am going to give you another hint:
For a uniform cross section, the most important point to consider along the span is the point under the load, namely where there is maximum bending moment.
For a variable cross section with a weaker and a stronger section, it is possible that the maximum stress be found elsewhere, right?

Mathmate: If you want to be a moderator, talk to Greg. I am not here to set the Pf archetype.

I am not in a rush to show a professor anything. I am just plain in a rush.

If you learn to use the quote button, I would not have thought that you were merely confirming my 135 lbf-in moment, I would have realized that you were quoting me.

If you think I'm an ahole, it's because I am.

If you want to be a moderator...
Not at all, I'd rather spend time on mathmatical problems than behavorial ones. Thanks for the suggestion anyway.

If you learn to use the quote button...
I got carried away when I had a limited time to finish my post. Thank you for correctly reminding me about the quote format here. I usually use the square brackets format instead of the quote button, which I didn't even realize existed until you mentioned it. I am more faithful to the keyboard than the mouse.

I am not here to argue with anyone or to judge anyone. I am here to plain give help to others who could use some, hopefully in an environment where people conduct themselves with reasonable manner and language.

Back to business here. Have you found the answer to the question? This is the essential part of our conversation.

Yes, I have. Thank you. And I am sure that we will be great friends in the end

That was enlightening!

We sure will be!

Dr.D said:
That was enlightening!

## 1. What is a bending moment and how is it calculated?

A bending moment is a measure of the bending or flexural strength of a structural element, such as a beam or column, when a load is applied to it. It is calculated by multiplying the force applied to the element by the distance from the point of application to the point of support or resistance.

## 2. How do you determine the value of a bending moment?

The value of a bending moment can be determined by using the bending moment equation: M = F * d, where M is the bending moment, F is the applied force, and d is the distance from the point of application to the point of support or resistance. It can also be calculated by using a bending moment diagram.

## 3. What factors can affect the value of a bending moment?

The value of a bending moment can be affected by various factors, such as the magnitude and direction of the applied force, the type and geometry of the structural element, and the material properties of the element.

## 4. Why is the value of a bending moment important in structural design?

The value of a bending moment is important in structural design because it helps engineers determine the structural integrity and strength of a building or structure. It also helps in selecting the appropriate materials and dimensions for the structural elements to ensure that they can withstand the expected loads and stresses.

## 5. How can the value of a bending moment be optimized in structural design?

The value of a bending moment can be optimized in structural design by selecting the most efficient structural elements, such as beams with the appropriate shape and material, and by properly distributing the loads on the structure to minimize the bending moment. Additionally, considering the effects of different loading scenarios during the design process can also help optimize the value of the bending moment.