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Homework Help: Calculating the maximum bending moment on a bridge

  1. Mar 13, 2013 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Calculate the maximum bending moment on the bridge section using the values given.


    mass of bridge = 9250 kg
    mass of car = 2250 kg
    length of bridge section = 26 m

    2. Relevant equations

    I worked out previously that:
    Reaction at A = reaction at B = 56407.5 N , which I got right

    ƩFx = 0;
    ƩFy = 0;
    ƩM = 0;

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I know the maximum Bending Moment is at x = 13m (because shear force = 0 ant x = 13m)

    weight of bridge = 6250 x 9.81 = 90742.5 N
    weight of car = 22072.5 N

    I tried three ways, I know the 1st is wrong.

    1st method:

    Bending Moment max:
    = 90742.5N x 13m + 22072.5N x 13m
    = 1466595 N.m

    2nd method:

    Bending Moment max:
    make a cut at 0≤x<13m , (shear force) v = 56407.5 N
    so integrate this to get BM at x = 13m:
    BM = 56407.5x
    so at x = 13m:
    Bending Moment max = 56407.5 x 13 = 733297.5 N.m

    3rd method:

    Bending Moment max
    = wL/4 (for point load car) + wL^2/8 (uniformly distributed load of bridge)
    = 22072.5 x 26/4 + 90742.5 x (26 x 26)/8
    = 7811212.5 N.m

    So, I'm quite stuck on the method.

    Thank you so much for any help!!

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    Last edited: Mar 13, 2013
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  3. Mar 13, 2013 #2


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    In the third bending moment calculation, you have used the entire weight of the bridge rather than the weight per meter for w.
  4. Mar 16, 2013 #3
    I did what you said and got it right :D
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