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JHensley

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Hi everyone, I'm new here so I hope I'm posting this in the right place.

I'm struggling to duplicate the horizontal reaction forces being generated in an L shaped beam. Typically I like to do hand calculations and verify my answer using Solidworks, but in this case I can't seem to wrap my head around the results from Solidworks.

The beam is essentially pinned, or hinged, at each end with a moment applied at one end (see attached images). I realize this is considered an indeterminate situation and this is the root of my problem. I have some experience using Castigliano's theorem, but again that's for simple beams, or possibly superposition could be used in some way? I thought I was fairly well versed in statics and beam theory, but throughout my undergrad I had actually never encountered anything outside of the simple beam shape.

Any help, recommendation, references is much appreciated, thanks!

I'm struggling to duplicate the horizontal reaction forces being generated in an L shaped beam. Typically I like to do hand calculations and verify my answer using Solidworks, but in this case I can't seem to wrap my head around the results from Solidworks.

The beam is essentially pinned, or hinged, at each end with a moment applied at one end (see attached images). I realize this is considered an indeterminate situation and this is the root of my problem. I have some experience using Castigliano's theorem, but again that's for simple beams, or possibly superposition could be used in some way? I thought I was fairly well versed in statics and beam theory, but throughout my undergrad I had actually never encountered anything outside of the simple beam shape.

Any help, recommendation, references is much appreciated, thanks!