Beams are usually long, straight prismatic members, as shown in the photo on the previous page.
Steel and aluminum beams play an important part in both structural and mechanical engineering. Timber beams are widely used in home construction In most cases, the loads are perpendicular to the axis of the beam. Such a transverse loading causes only bending & shear in the beam. When the loads are not at a right angle to the beam,
they also produce axial forces in the beam. Beams are classified according to the way in which they are supported.
Several types of beams frequently used
The program internally works in consistent Force and Length Units. To help comprehend results, use of mixed units is allowed. Inertia and the elastic modulus of the member section can, therefore, be defined in any units. Similarly, any desired units can be set deflection values. To specify units, go to the Units sheet & describe your own units of Force, Distance, Inertia, Modulus, and Deflection. You need to calculate & specify conversion factors from consistent units to your chosen mixed units.