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Homework Help: Truss in 2D

  1. Oct 15, 2016 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Find force in members EA, EF and EG given the loads shown. A and G are pinned supports.

    2. Relevant equations
    Three equations of equilibrium for sections (method of sections) 2 equations for any node (method of joints).
    I also used the dimensions to decompose member forces.
    3. The attempt at a solution
    I started by analyzing the entire truss to get something about the reactions. I found both VERTICAL components of A and G to be 13 kg-f and 17 kg-f respectively, the horizontal components fulfill : $$A_x + G_x =15 $$

    Then I made a cut through BF, CF and AE and evaluated moments about F to get:
    $$ \frac{32}{\sqrt{17}}AE=128-4A_x$$

    All my other attempts involve the other unknowns and I can't still get them together. What would be the quickest way without throwing in a bunch of equations till I finally reach the answer?
    *** I need to teach this and I can't see the "trick" if there is one, so I can teach whatever that trick is supposed to tell me.
    BTW,I put this onto an android app and got the solutions. It was painful to input all the data. Do you recommend a particular app or program for these problems?

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  3. Oct 18, 2016 #2


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    Truss is externally statically indeterminate because you have 4 unknown reaction forces and just three equilibrium equations, and to solve it by hand calcs is as bit tedious because it requires deformation and boundary conditions analysis. I wonder who makes up these problems?
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