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Pin-jointed structure - Mechanics of Solids

  1. Oct 20, 2013 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    "A force F of magnitude 90 kN is applied at point C at an angle of 45°. The pin-joint B may be assumed to be resting on frictionless rollers. Determine the reaction forces at A and B"

    Image of the diagram here: http://i.imgur.com/jUL0rJe.jpg?1


    2. Relevant equations
    two force principle
    three force principle
    sum of moments = 0
    sum of X components = 0
    sum of Y components = 0

    3. The attempt at a solution

    First I started to try and fill in the free body diagram and considered AB. B is on frictionless rollers, so to stay in equilibrium I thought the reaction force must only be able to act vertically. At A I don't know the direction of the reaction force so I just drew in arrows for the X and Y components, At D I again had it perpendicular to AB vertically up ( not sure if this was correct ). I then resolved horizontally and vertically; Y: Ya+Rd+Rb=0 X: Xa = 0. Then I took moments about A : Rd(4.5)+Rb(9)=0. There's too many unknowns to solve so i know i have to resolve somewhere else but i'm not sure about the directions of the forces acting on C to try and resolve AC or CB.. Maybe i'm going about it completely wrong, as already it feels wrong having the X component of A being 0 if I look at the rest of the diagram.

    Any help will be greatly appreaciated
     
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  3. Oct 20, 2013 #2

    PhanthomJay

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    Your very first free body diagram should look at the entire truss with a force F applied at C as shown, and unknown external forces at the supports.
    yes, that is correct, the roller cannot support any force parallel to its 'wheels'.
    yes, and it is a good idea to indicate ther direction if possible , which is simply determined in ths case.
    there is no external support at D, so don't put one in there.
    there is no Rd when looking at the system in a FBD. And what happened to the y component of F?
    No-o, what happened to the x component of F
    Find support reactions first , in terms of F, after first breaking F into its x and y components. After you get support reactions by summing moments = 0, then you can get internal member forces using 'method of joints'. Note also: what is the force in CD?
     
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