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Spring supported continuous beam

In this section we want to show you the comparison between the analytical solution and the numerical one for the system below.

Spring supported continuous beam
Young’s modulusE1,00kPa
Moment of inertiaJ1,00\(m^4\)

You can learn how to build the model in WeStatiX or just run the calculation, it’s already in our tutorials!

As usually you can find the beam equation modelling supports and loads as boundary conditions.

After that you get these two equation for the deflection

The first one is valid \( 0<x<L\)

\(v_{AN1} (x) = \frac{q (67L^4 – 90L^2 x^2 + 23 x^4)}{552EI}\)

The second one between \( L<x<3L\)

\(v_{AN2} (x) = \frac{L q x (11 L^2 – 6 L x + x^2)}{69 EI}\)

Consequently you can find the expressions for rotation, bending moment and shear forces.

In the table below we confront the value of various parameters with the WeStatiX’s solution.

DescriptionParameterUMAnalytical solutionAnalytical solutionWSX Error
Vertical displacement in A\(v_{A}\)m\(67 qL^4/ 552 EJ\)-0,12138-0,121380,00%
Rotation in B\(\phi_B\)rad\(11 qL^3/ 69 EJ\)0,159420,159420,00%
Rotation in C\(\phi_C\)rad\(qL^3/ 69 EJ\)-0,01449-0,014490,00%
Bending moment in A\(M_A\)kNm\(15 qL^2/46\)-0,32609-0,326090,00%
Bending moment in B\(M_B\)kNm\(4 qL^2/23\)0,173910,173910,00%
Bending Moment in C\(M_C\)kNm\(0\)0,000000,00000 0,00%
Shear force in A\(T_A\)kN\(0\)0,000000,00000 0,00%
Shear force in B\(T_B\)kN\(qL\)1,000001,000000,00%
Shear force in C\(T_C\)kN\(2qL/23\)-0,08696-0,086960,00%

Finaly in the figure you can read all the results.

Spring supported continuous beam
Node Z displacement
Node X rotation
Node reaction force Z
Shear force Z
Bending moment Y