State-of-the-art Engineering Equipment

EM-121 | Universal Truss Apparatus

  • Investigation of bar forces in a statically determinate truss
  • Construction of various trusses possible
  • 2 supports with node disks
  • Load application device with force gauge mountable on different node disks
  • Measuring points to measure force on each bar
  • Measuring amplifier required
  • Software to evaluate measured values graphically
  • LxW: 1100x400mm
  • Weight: approx. 23kg
Technical Specification
As light-weight structures offering a high degree of rigidity, trusses are employed in the construction of halls, bridges, cranes, pylons and masts. Trusses are bar structures in which the bars are subjected to compression or tension loading, but not to bending. The object of the experiment is to measure the bar forces in a single plane truss subjected to a single external force. This experimental setup features bars with special snap-lock closures on their ends allowing them to be fixed easily into the node disk. The range of different bar lengths provided permits three statically determinated truss to be constructed. The bars are hinged, joined together by node disks, and are subjected only to compressive or tensile stress. No moments are transmitted in the nodes; they can be regarded as frictionless. Consequently, our trusses can be considered as ideal trusses. A load application device attached to a node disk generates an external force. All the forces on the truss bars are recorded by means of strain gauge measurement. Computerized evaluation of the measured values is provided by measuring amplifier (16 input channels). The software is used to manage the measured data and provide graphical representation of the bar forces. The software features a comprehensive help function.
  • 2 bars 150mm
  • 5 bars 259mm
  • 7 bars 300mm
  • 1 bar 397mm
  • 3 bars 424mm
  • 1 bar 520mm
  • angle between bars: 30°, 45°, 60°, 90°
  • maximum bar force: 500N
  • measuring points on each bar
  • height of truss max. 450mm
  • length of truss max. 900mm
Load application device
  • ±500N
  • graduation: 10N