So structural beams are used pretty much everywhere right?

In summary: Bridges use variety of structural forms depending on geometry, size, material and contruction methods. Some use cables, while others use various beams, which include not only I beams, but box beams, C-channels and plates or slabs.
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like everyday homes and highway bridges and almost every other building right?

just making sure... I mean, I've never actually seen an everyday home being built and you can't see them just by standing inside the house.
 
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perfectchaos180 said:
like everyday homes and highway bridges and almost every other building right?

just making sure... I mean, I've never actually seen an everyday home being built and you can't see them just by standing inside the house.

You can usually see roof beams by going into the crawl space or attic. Most house roofs are built with beams.
 
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Go into a basement of most homes, especially an unfinished basement. You will usually see an I-beam as the main cross support for the home. Find the posts and look up.
 
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FredGarvin said:
Go into a basement of most homes, especially an unfinished basement. You will usually see an I-beam as the main cross support for the home. Find the posts and look up.

In some parts of the world, there's not a whole lot of basements since moving dirt is lots of work.
 
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NateTG said:
In some parts of the world, there's not a whole lot of basements since moving dirt is lots of work.
That's true, but a home doesn't need a basement to have a structural beam in it. I just used that as an easy to see example. I must admit that I immediately think of here in the US though.
 
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Most houses without basements will only have a steel beam as a lintel across a window or door in an external wall. Of course wooden floor and roof joists are beams in an engineering sense.
 
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Building (including housing) frames are composed of structural beams (columns or posts, joists, purlins, sills, . . .). Some areas have trusses for roofs, while others use clear spans.

Bridges use variety of structural forms depending on geometry, size, material and contruction methods. Some use cables, while others use various beams, which include not only I beams, but box beams, C-channels and plates or slabs.

Some houses in the US have basements, while others are built on piers or posts, and still others are build on slabs. It depends on the environment.
 

What are structural beams used for?

Structural beams are used to support and distribute the weight of a structure, such as a building or bridge, to the ground. They provide stability and strength to the overall structure.

What materials are structural beams typically made of?

Structural beams can be made from a variety of materials, including wood, steel, concrete, and composites. The specific material used depends on the application and desired strength and durability.

How are structural beams designed?

The design of structural beams involves careful consideration of factors such as the expected load, span, and type of material. Engineers use mathematical calculations and computer simulations to determine the optimal design for a given structure.

Why are structural beams important in construction?

Structural beams are essential in construction because they provide the necessary support and stability for a structure to withstand its own weight, as well as external forces such as wind and earthquakes. Without structural beams, buildings and other structures would not be able to stand upright or withstand the stresses of everyday use.

Are structural beams used in all types of construction projects?

Yes, structural beams are used in a wide range of construction projects, from small residential buildings to large commercial and industrial structures. They are also used in infrastructure projects such as bridges and highways. Wherever there is a need for structural support, beams are likely to be used.

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