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BFC 31901
Structure And Material Engineering
Force in a statically Indeterminate cantilever
Truss

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Title : Force in a statically Indeterminate

Cantilever Truss
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OBJECTIVE
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## To observe the effect of redundant member in structure and to understand the

method of the analysing type of this structure.

LEARNING OUTCOME
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## To application the engineering knowledge in practical application.

To enhance technical competency in structural engineering though laboratory
application.

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THEORY

## In a statically indeterminate truss, static equilibrium alone cannot be used d to

calculate member force. If we were to try, we would find that there would be too
many unknowns and we would not too able to complete the calculations
Instead we will use a method known as the flexibility method, which uses an idea
know as strain energy.
The mathematical approach to the flexibility method will be found in most
structural text books,

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Basically the flexibility method uses the idea that energy stored in the frame
would be the same for a given load whether the frame is from redundant or not.
In other word, the external energy = internal energy.

In practice, the loads in the frame are calculated in its released from ( that is,
without the redundant member) and then calculated with a unit load in place of in
the redundant member and remaining members.
The redundant member load in given by:

## The remaining member force are then given by :

Member force = Pn + f
Where,
P = Redundant member load (N)
l = length of members( as ratio of the shortest)
n = load in each member due to unit load in place of redundant
F = Force in each member when the frame is release (N)

member(N)

Figure 2 shows the force in the frame due to the load of 250N. You should be able
to calculate these values from Experiment titled: Force in a Statically
Determinate truss

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Figure 3 shows the loads in the member due to the unit load being applied to the
frame.
The redundant member is effectively part of the structure as the idealized in figure
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Figure 3: Forces in the Truss due to the load on the Redundant member
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PROCEDURE
Wind the thumbwheel on the redundant member up to the boss and hand tighten it. Do
not use any tools to tighten the thumbwheel.
Apply the pre-load of 100N downward, re- zero the load cell and carefully zero the
digital indicator.
Carefully apply a load 250N and check the frame is stable and secure.
Return the load zero( leaving the 100N Preload). Recheck and re-zero the digital
indicator. Never apply loads greater than those specified on the equipment.
Apply loads in the increment shown in table1, recording the strain readings and the
Subtract the initial (zero) strain reading ( be careful with your signs)and complete table
2.
Calculate the equipment members force at 250N and enter them into table 3.
Plot a graph of Load vs Deflection from Table 1 on the same axis as Load vs Deflection
when the redundant removed.
The calculation for redundant truss is made much simpler and easier if the tabular
method is used is used to sum up all of the Fnl and n2l

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Refer to table 4 and enter in the values and carefully calculated the other terms as
Required.
Enter your result in to Table 3.

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RESULT

(N)

Digital
indicator
6

0
50
100
150
200
250
Table 1: Strain Reading and Frame
(N)

1

0
50
100
150
200
250
Table 2 : True Strain Reading

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Member

Experimental Force

Theoretical Force

(N)

(N)

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8

Member

Length

Fnl

n2 l
pn

Pn + f

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8

Total

P = Total Fnl
Total n2l
Table 4 : Table for calculating the forces in the Redundant Truss.

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Using the Young s Modulus relationship, calculate the equivalent member force. Complete the
experimental force in table 3. (ignore member 6 at this stage)

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## DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION

1.0 From table 3, compare your answer to the experimental values, comment on the