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I-beam Design help

  1. Jul 21, 2016 #1
    I have an i-beam placed horizontally and i want to apply 1 ton point load on its center. Now i will run a stress analysis on ansys on it and will get the displacement in the beam on the mentioned load. How will i know tht the displacement value i am getting is good or bad?
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  3. Jul 21, 2016 #2

    jack action

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    It depends on how much displacement you can tolerate. You could also expect displacement like, for example, this trailer which was designed with a curvature such that it becomes flat under load:

    http://midcosales.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/2015-Reitnouer-Maxmiser-flatbed-inv-1.jpg [Broken] ​
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  4. Jul 22, 2016 #3
    How to know the tolerable displacement?
  5. Jul 22, 2016 #4

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    Well it depends on your design goals. Let's say you have a rail system on your beam to move your load. How much deformation can you take before rolling is affected? What if you have electrical or pneumatic lines, gears, piston-cylinder arrangements, etc. along your beam, how will the deformation affects those components? It is like the trailer I showed you: How flat do you want the bed to be under load?

    If the stresses are OK, there is really no good or bad displacements. Of course, you have to make sure that the displacement will not somehow create some new conditions that will change your loading (like hitting another component, for example).

    Displacement might be a good or bad thing in a dynamic case too. Displacement means low stiffness, which means better absorption of shocks. But if the stiffness causes the structure to be in synch with its natural frequency, it could cause a lot of troubles.
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