# Reactions caused from self weight of an inclined beam. Same as non-inclined beam?

1. Aug 4, 2010

### Probert

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
I have a beam on an incline at angle θ. It is uniformly loaded with "W", which represents the self-weight of the beam. Reactions occur at each end. The beam is simply supported. The scenario is drawn out below:

3. The attempt at a solution

This problem seems so simple, but I am getting confused. Typically, when there is a uniformly distributed load on a horizontal beam, the reactions at R1 and R2 would be equal. In this scenario however, I would expect R1 to be carrying a greater load. The reason for this is because if the inclination of this beam were to increase to the point in which is was essentially a column, the entire weight would be acting on one end.

So the basic question is, does R1y = R2y in this scenario?

Sorry if this question seems trivial, but I'm having a bit of a brain cramp right now.

2. Aug 4, 2010