Simulation and Experimental Substantiation of Beam Deflection under Guided End Conditions

  • Gurumoorthy* S
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This paper studies the nonlinear deflection characteristics of a rectangular cross sectional beam with guided support conditions. In this study two different end conditions namely guided – guided and guided – simply supported have been examined. Beams made with two dissimilar materials for instance, aluminum and steel have been considered for this study. Different loading conditions namely point load and the amalgamation of uniformly distributed load and point load have been taken into account in this study. The nonlinear response of a beam under static loading condition is influenced by various parameters like sectional properties of the beam, material, loading and boundary conditions etc. A separate loading fixture was fabricated using steel to apply the load (Point load and uniformly distributed load). The loading fixture was validated by performing an experimental measurement of the deflection under various loading conditions on a simply supported beam. The corresponding theoretical displacement values were calculated using the findings in literature and compared with test results .Both the results were found matching with each other with an average variation of just 10%. Based on this validation lesson, the loading fixture was incorporated in the actual study. Displacement values from the nonlinear static analysis were predicted using Finite Element Method and correlation was made with the experimental values for the actual beam setup. Close correlation among the numerical and physical test results was achieved and the maximum error was 8%.




Gurumoorthy*, S., & Rao, L. B. (2019). Simulation and Experimental Substantiation of Beam Deflection under Guided End Conditions. International Journal of Innovative Technology and Exploring Engineering, 9(2), 1782–1791.

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