• Experiments:
  • Experimental det
  • ermination of the reaction forces in the supports of a simply supported beam under various loadings.
  • Measurement of loads and moments on a lever.
  • Comparison with calculated results and validation of the principle of equilibrium.
  • Specifications:
  • Determination of the reaction forces in the supports of a simple supported beam under various loadings; also measurement of loads and moments on a lever; validation of the principal of equilibrium.
  • The apparatus consists of a beam of approx 1m long, linear force gauges, six load hangers, and a bench top mounting unit.
  • Technical manual for student and lecturer provided.
  • 1m ruler supplied.
  • Set of weights.

A beam is a horizontal length of material with a vertical load system. It is among the most fundamental engineering approaches to load support. There must be an equilibrium between external forces like the applied loads and the reactions of the beam support. The force and moment equations can be used to calculate the support reactions given a loading system. This setup is made for straightforward experiments and demonstrations on beams with basic support. Direct reading of reactions is made possible by the use of two force gauges as supports. Six movable
load hangers allow loads to be put in a number of positions. By suspending the beam from the free-standing frame and attaching the end with force gauges, levers can be investigated.