About beam deflection

Deflection calculator for solid retangular beams
Input Output

Length (inches)

Width (inches)

Height (inches)

Force (pounds)

Deflection (inches)
Bending Stress (psi)
Energy (joules)

This is a Javascript calculator to compute the defection of simple rectangular beams. It assumes the beam is supported on one end and the force is applied to the other end perpendicular to the width. (Like a diving board).

Bending stress is also calculated. If bending stress exceeds the materials yield strength it will be permamently deformed and not return to its original shape.

Enter the length, width and height and then select the material from the drop down menu. Click COMPUTE and read the deflection value in the output panel. I use it to help design small leaf springs. Potential energy in the beam/spring is also computed.

The formula is: Deflection =W*L^ 3/ 3*E*I
Where W is force, L is length, E is Modulas of Elasticity in psi, and I is Second Moment of Inertia.
Moment of inertia is calculated by (width * thickness^3) / 12 .

Bending stress is computed by: (Force*Length) / (I / (0.5*height))

A product of Dales Homemade Robots, Copyright 2007 by Dale A. Heatherington

 

 

Deflection calculator for solid triangular beams
Input Output

Length (inches)

Width (inches)

Height (inches)

Force (pounds)

Deflection (inches)
Bending Stress (psi)
Energy (joules)

This is a Javascript calculator to compute the defection of solid triangular beams. It assumes the beam is supported on one end and the force is applied to the other end perpendicular to the width. (Like a triangle shaped diving board with the pointed end over the water).

Bending stress is also calculated. If bending stress exceeds the materials yield strength it will be permamently deformed and not return to its original shape.

Enter the length, width and height and then select the material from the drop down menu. Click COMPUTE and read the deflection value in the output panel. I use it to help design small leaf springs. Potential energy in the beam/spring is also computed.

The formula is: Deflection =6*W*L^3 / E*width*thickness^3
Where W is force, L is length, E is Modulas of Elasticity in psi.

Bending stress is computed by: (6*Force*Length) / (width*thickness^2)

A product of Dales Homemade Robots, Copyright 2012 by Dale A. Heatherington

 

Deflection calculator for hollow retangular beams
Input Output

Length (inches)

Width (inches)

Height (inches)

Wall thickness (inches)

Force (pounds)

Deflection (inches)
Bending Stress (psi)
Energy (joules)

This is a Javascript calculator to compute the defection of hollow rectangular beams. It assumes the beam is supported on one end and the force is applied to the other end perpendicular to the width. (Like a diving board)

Bending stress is also calculated. If bending stress exceeds the materials yield strength it will be permamently deformed and not return to its original shape.

Enter the length, width, height and wall thickness and then select the material from the drop down menu. Click COMPUTE and read the deflection value in the output panel.

The formula is: Deflection =W*L^ 3/ 3*E*I
Where W is force, L is length, E is Modulas of Elasticity in psi, and I is Second Moment of Inertia.
Moment of inertia is calculated by ((width * height^3) - (inside_width * inside_height^3)) / 12 .

Bending stress is computed by: (Force*Length) / (I / (0.5*height))

A product of Dales Homemade Robots, Copyright 2007 by Dale A. Heatherington

 

Deflection calculator for solid round beams
Input Output

Length (inches)

Diameter (inches)

Force (pounds)

Deflection (inches)
Bending Stress (psi)
Energy (joules)

This is a Javascript calculator to compute the defection of simple round beams. It assumes the beam is supported on one end and the force is applied to the other end.

Bending stress is also calculated. If bending stress exceeds the materials yield strength it will be permamently deformed and not return to its original shape.

Enter the length and diameter then select the material from the drop down menu. Click COMPUTE and read the deflection value in the output panel.

The formula is: Deflection =W*L^ 3/ 3*E*I
Where W is force, L is length, E is Modulas of Elasticity in psi, and I is Second Moment of Inertia.
Moment of inertia is calculated by (pi * D^4) / 64 .

Bending stress is computed by: (Force*Length) / (I / (0.5*diameter))

A product of Dales Homemade Robots, Copyright 2007 by Dale A. Heatherington

 

Deflection calculator for round tube beams
Input Output

Length (inches)

Diameter (inches)

Wall thickness (inches)

Force (pounds)

Deflection (inches)
Bending Stress (psi)
Energy (joules)

This is a Javascript calculator to compute the defection of simple round tubular beams. It assumes the beam is supported on one end and the force is applied to the other end.

Bending stress is also calculated. If bending stress exceeds the materials yield strength it will be permamently deformed and not return to its original shape.

Enter the length, diameter (OD) and wall thickness then select the material from the drop down menu. Click COMPUTE and read the deflection value in the output panel.

The formula is: Deflection =W*L^ 3/ 3*E*I
Where W is force, L is length, E is Modulas of Elasticity in psi, and I is Second Moment of Inertia.
Moment of inertia is calculated by (pi * (OD^4 - ID^4)) / 64 .

Bending stress is computed by: (Force*Length) / (I / (0.5*OD))

A product of Dales Homemade Robots, Copyright 2007 by Dale A. Heatherington


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