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Buckling of columns - displacement distance?

  1. Dec 27, 2009 #1

    I have a question, I haven't got my books with me.. So hope you can help me..

    I have a crane system like this:

    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/559096/column.jpg [Broken]

    If the column have the boundary: Fixed-Free. Is there a easy way to calculate the maximum displacement? (in the top)
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  3. Dec 27, 2009 #2
  4. Dec 27, 2009 #3


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    Draw a free body diagram. You have both a moment and a compressive load. Note that while the compressive load does not contribute to the deflection it will affect buckling concerns. For safety sake please look at this.
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