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Homework Help: Finding reaction forces for a Beam

  1. Sep 13, 2012 #1
    How do I find reaction for loading condition shown in image. I have no idea how to tackle this type of problem. Please help.

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  3. Sep 13, 2012 #2


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    I might be wrong as it's a long time since I did this..

    I think you can forget the roller. Treat as a point. Yes convert the UDL to a point load.

    It's not moving so both torques and translation forces sum to zero.

    Edit: The answer is "interesting". Can't say more or it gives it away. Have a go and come back if stuck.
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  4. Sep 13, 2012 #3


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    Yes, you can always convert distributed loads into their resultant point loads when finding reactions. So what is the equivalent point load for the distributed load and where is it located?
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