# Solving an Asymmetric Truss: Seeking Help

• jehan60188
In summary, to determine the forces in an asymmetric truss, you can use the method of joints or the method of sections, apply equations of equilibrium, and consider the properties of trusses. When solving the truss, it is important to avoid common mistakes such as ignoring force direction and load distribution. Computer programs can also be useful, but it is important to have a basic understanding of truss analysis and verify results. The stability of an asymmetric truss can be determined by checking each joint and using the method of virtual work. Different types of supports, including pinned, roller, fixed, and hinged, can be used in asymmetric trusses and it is important to correctly identify the type of support for accurate analysis.
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## Homework Statement

http://desmond.imageshack.us/Himg839/scaled.php?server=839&filename=truss1.png&res=medium

need to find reaction forces

sum F = 0
sum M = 0

## The Attempt at a Solution

summed up the moments about A and D to find A_y and D_y
can't figure out how to find A_x and D_x

thanks!

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Seems like we got this taken care of on another thread.

## 1. How do I determine the forces in an asymmetric truss?

To determine the forces in an asymmetric truss, you will need to use the method of joints or the method of sections. These methods involve breaking down the truss into smaller sections and analyzing the forces acting on each section. You will also need to apply basic equations of equilibrium and use the properties of trusses to solve for the unknown forces.

## 2. What are the common mistakes to avoid when solving an asymmetric truss?

Common mistakes to avoid when solving an asymmetric truss include ignoring the direction of forces, not considering the load distribution, and neglecting the effects of support settlement. It is important to carefully analyze all the forces acting on the truss and to check your calculations for accuracy.

## 3. Can I use a computer program to solve an asymmetric truss?

Yes, there are many computer programs available that can help you solve an asymmetric truss. These programs use numerical methods to analyze the forces and provide accurate results. However, it is important to have a basic understanding of truss analysis and to verify the results obtained from the program.

## 4. How do I determine the stability of an asymmetric truss?

The stability of an asymmetric truss can be determined by checking the stability of each individual joint. If all the joints are stable, then the truss as a whole will also be stable. You can also use the method of virtual work to analyze the stability of the truss.

## 5. What are the different types of supports used in asymmetric trusses?

The different types of supports used in asymmetric trusses include pinned supports, roller supports, fixed supports, and hinged supports. The type of support used will depend on the specific structure and the forces acting on it. It is important to correctly identify the type of support to accurately analyze the truss.

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