Unsymmetrical Load

Solution to Problem 674 | Midspan Deflection

Problem 674
Find the deflection midway between the supports for the overhanging beam shown in Fig. P-674.

Overhang beam with point load at the free end


Midspan Deflection | Deflections in Simply Supported Beams

In simply supported beams, the tangent drawn to the elastic curve at the point of maximum deflection is horizontal and parallel to the unloaded beam. It simply means that the deviation from unsettling supports to the horizontal tangent is equal to the maximum deflection. If the simple beam is symmetrically loaded, the maximum deflection will occur at the midspan.

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