# Node Points on a Beam?

1. Homework Statement

Find the node points (zero displacement) for a clamped-pinned and clamped-spring beam.
I am trying to figure out how to find these points on a beam of length L (constant E*I,m) for the first 3 natural frequencies.

2. Homework Equations
3. The Attempt at a Solution

$$\upsilon(x,t) = \sum \phi(x)*\zeta(t)$$
ODE:
$$\phi''(x) - \omega\phi(x) = F$$

General solution:
$$\phi(x) = A*sinh(\alpha*x) + B*cos(\alpha*x) - C*sin(\alpha*x) - D*cosh*(\alpha*x)$$

A,B,C,D to be found using boundary conditions (in this case clamped-pinned):
$$\phi(0)=0$$
$$\phi'(0)=0$$
$$\phi(L)=0$$
$$\phi''(L)=0$$

My question is: the mode shape can be found by solving for the constants, etc. But how can you analytically find the zeros for this? The solution is non-linear. Is there another method I can use to find the node points?

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Anyone there??
One thought I had was to use Newton's method but I've tried this and the radius of convergence seems to be too small for many of my cases.

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