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Homework Help: Structural engineering - sizing a beam using loads/span

  1. Dec 8, 2011 #1

    I'm looking for information on how one would size a wide-flange beam knowing the live/dead loads and the span required

    i can't seem to find any calculations for this sort of thing!!

    beam is not composite with floor
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  3. Dec 9, 2011 #2
  4. Dec 11, 2011 #3
    Span/depth ratio will be roughly 10 for a heavy load, 20 for a light load, 15 for a medium load. Then you have to check stresses and deflection for a given choice of specific beam.
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