Problem 710 | Two simple beams at 90 degree to each other

Problem 710
Two timber beams are mounted at right angles and in contact with each other at their midpoints. The upper beam A is 2 in wide by 4 in deep and simply supported on an 8-ft span; the lower beam B is 3 in wide by 8 in deep and simply supported on a 10-ft span. At their cross-over point, they jointly support a load P = 2000 lb. Determine the contact force between the beams.


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