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How do I calculate a deflection under a point load?
The formula for calculating deflection of a beam under a point load is: δ = (PL^3)/(3EI), where δ is the deflection, P is the point load, L is the length of the beam, E is the modulus of elasticity, and I is the moment of inertia.
The modulus of elasticity, also known as Young's modulus, is a measure of a material's stiffness or resistance to deformation. It plays a crucial role in calculating deflection as it is used to determine the amount of stress a beam can withstand before it starts to deform.
Yes, deflection can be negative if the beam is experiencing a compressive force instead of a tensile force. This means that the beam is being pushed together instead of being pulled apart. Negative deflection is typically denoted with a minus sign (-) in the final calculation.
Increasing the length of a beam will increase the deflection under a point load. This is because the longer the beam, the more it will bend when subjected to a point load. This relationship is captured in the formula for calculating deflection, where L is raised to the power of 3.
Yes, it is possible to calculate deflection under multiple point loads. This can be done by breaking the beam into smaller sections and calculating the deflection for each section separately. The total deflection is then found by summing up the deflections of each section.