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CL-700.10 Simply Supported Beam Apparatus

  • Application of the method of sections to determine the bending moment
Technical Specification
A horizontal length of material with a vertical load system is called a beam. It is one of the most basic engineering ways of supporting a load. External forces such as the applied loads and the beam support reactions have to be in equilibrium. Given a loading system, the support reactions can be calculated from force and moment equations. This apparatus is designed for simple experiments and demonstrations on simply supported beams. Two spring balances act as supports and enable reactions to be read directly. Three movable load hangers allow loads to be put in a number of positions. Levers can be investigated by suspending the beam from the free standing frame, and holding down the end with a spring balance.
Learning Objectives
  • Experimental determination 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
Technical Data
Rugged Aluminum Frame:
  • With Stainless Steel Scale: 1mm graduation.
Analogue/Digital spring balance
  • 6kgf; 0.1kgf resolution
  • 10kgf; 0.01kgf resolution
Set of brass slotted weight
  • 1 x 2N, 1 x 5N, 2 x 10N
Set of deflection gauges
  • 01 mm graduation with magnetic stands.
Scope of Delivery
  • 1 experimental unit
  • 1 set of weights
  • 1 set of accessories
  • 1 storage system with foam inlay
  • 1 set of instructional material
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, , and
  • Technical manual for student and lecturer provided.
  • A bench top mounting unit.
  • 1 x beam of approx. 1m long
  • 2 x linear spring balances
  • 3 x load hangers
  • 2 x bearing supports
  • 1m ruler supplied
  • Set of weights
  • 2 year warranty