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# ECS 448

DETERMINATE STRUCTURES

Topic 6
Influence Line

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LEARNING OUTCOMES

## 1) Draw influence line diagram for determinate beam and truss

subjected to moving concentrated load, uniform distributed
2) Determine the location of moving loads that produce maximum
support reactions, shears and moments at any specific point.

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Introduction

 An Influence Line shows how the value of a function (bending moment, shear,
deflection etc.) varies at one given point on a structure as a single unit load
moves across the structure.
 In brief, an Influence Line indicates the effect of a unit load moving across a
structure. One can tell at a glance, where the moving load should be placed on
the structure so that it creates the greatest influence at a specified point.
 If a structure is subjected to a moving load, the variation of shear & bending
moment is best described using the influence line.
 The magnitude of the associated shear, moment or deflection at the point can
then be calculated using the ordinates of the influence-line diagram.
 The different between influence line diagram and shear or moment diagram is,
Influence line represent the effect of a moving load only at a specific point
while shear or moment diagrams represent the effect of fixed loads at all
points along the axis of the member

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Procedure of Analysis

1. Tabulate Values
 Place a unit load at various locations, x, along the member
 At each location use statics to determine the value of function at the
specified point
 If the influence line for a vertical force reaction at a point on a beam is to
be constructed, consider the reaction to be +ve at the point when it acts
upward on the beam
 If a shear or moment influence line is to be drawn for a point, take the
shear or moment at the point as +ve according to the sign convention used
for drawing shear & moment diagram.
 All statically determinate beams will have influence lines that consists of
straight line segments

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Procedure of Analysis

## 1. Tabulate Values (contd)

 To avoid errors, it is recommended to construct a table listing unit load at
x vs the corresponding value of the function calculated at the specified
point
 Once the load has been placed at various points along the span of the
member, the tabulated values can be plotted & influence lines constructed

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Procedure of Analysis

## 2. Influence Line Equations

 The influence line can also be constructed by placing the unit load at a
variable position, x, on the member & then computing the value of R, V or
M at the point as a function of x.
 The equations of the various line segments composing the influence line can
be determined & plotted.

Influence Line
for Beam

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Example 1

Construct the influence line for the vertical reaction at A of the beam

A B
10 m

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Example 1
Step 1.
(Tabulate Values)
A unit load is placed on the beam at each selected point x and the value of Ay is calculated by summing
moments about B. Calculate Ay when x is 0m, 2.5m, 5.0m, 7.5m and 10.0m
1 x = 2.5m 1 1
x = 5m

## 10m 10m 10m

RAy RBy RAy RBy RAy RBy

MB + = 0
MB + = 0 MB + = 0
10Ay = 10 (1)
10Ay = 7.5 (1) 10Ay = 5 (1)
RAy = 1 kN # RAy = 0.75 kN # RAy = 0.5 kN #

Step 2: Step 3:
Enter the results for RAy in the table Draw Influence Diagram for RAy

RAy
X 0 2.5 5 7.5 10
1
RAy 1 0.75 0.5 0.25 0
X
0 2.5 5 7.5 10

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Example 1
Step 1.
(Influence- Line equations)
A unit load is placed on the beam at x distance from left and the reaction of RAy as a function of x can
be calculated by summing moments about B.
1
x
MB + = 0
10Ay = (10 x) (1)

## RAy 10m RBy RAy = 1 0.1x #

Step 2:
Draw Influence Diagram for RAy
RAy

RAy

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Example 2

Construct the influence line for the shear and moment at point C of the beam.

A B
2.5 m 7.5 m

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Example 2
Step 1.
A unit load is placed on the beam at x distance from left and the reaction of RAy and RBy as a function
of x can be calculated using equations of equilibrium.

x 1
MB + = 0 Fy + = 0
10RAy = (10 x) (1) RAy + RBy = 1
10m
RAy = 1 0.1x # RBy = 0.1x #
RAy RBy
RAy

X 0 2.5 5 7.5 10 1

## RAy 1 0.75 0.5 0.25 0 X

0 2.5 5 7.5 10

RBy
X 0 2.5 5 7.5 10
1
RBy 0 0.25 0.5 0.75 1
X
0 2.5 5 7.5 10

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Example 2
Step 2.
Calculate VC and MC as a function of x when a unit load is place before and after point C. Influence
Line for VC and MC can be calculated by cutting the beam at C. Consider either LHS or RHS then use
equations of equilibrium to determine VC and MC.

## Consider LHS of Beam Consider RHS of Beam

0<X<2.5 (1 Unit Load before point C) 0<X<2.5 (1 Unit Load before point C)
1
x VC
Fy + = 0 MC + = 0
VC
RAy VC 1 = 0 2.5RAy (2.5 x)(1)= MC
7.5m
2.5m VC = 0.1x # MC = 0.75x # MC
RAy MC RBy

2.5<X<10 (1 Unit Load After point C) 2.5<X<10 (1 Unit Load After point C)

x VC 1
Fy + = 0 MC + = 0
RAy VC= 0 2.5RAy = MC
VC
VC = 1 0.1x MC = 2.5 0.25x #
2.5m MC MC 7.5m
RAy #

RBy

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Example 2
Step 3.
Draw Influence Diagram for VC and MC

## X 0 2.5 2.5 5 7.5 10 X 0 2.5 2.5 5 7.5 10

VC 0 -0.25 0.75 0.5 0.25 0 MC 0 1.875 1.875 1.25 0.625 0

VC MC

0.75 1.875

0 x 0 x
2.5m 5m 7.5m 10m 2.5m 5m 7.5m 10m

-0.25

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Example 3

Construct the influence line for the shear and moment at point C of the beam.

A B
2m 2m 2m

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Example 3
Step 1.
A unit load is placed on the beam at x distance from left and the reaction of RAy and RBy as a function
of x can be calculated using equations of equilibrium.

1
x

2m 2m 2m X 0 2 4 6 X 0 2 4 6
RAy RBy
RAy 1.5 1 0.5 0 RBy -0.5 0 0.5 1

MB + = 0
4RAy = (6 x) (1) RAy RBy
RAy = 1.5 0.25x #
2.0 2.0

Fy + = 0
1.0 1.0
RAy + RBy = 1
0 x
RBy = 0.25x 0.5 # 0 x
0.5
2m 4m 6m
2m 4m 6m

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Example 3
Step 2.
Calculate VC and MC as a function of x when a unit load is place before and after point C. Influence
Line for VC and MC can be calculated by cutting the beam at C. Consider either LHS or RHS then use
equations of equilibrium to determine VC and MC.
Consider LHS of Beam

0<X<4 (1 Unit Load before point C) 4<X<6 (1 Unit Load after point C)

1 VC VC
x x

2m 2m MC 2m 2m MC
RAy RAy

Fy + = 0 MC + = 0 Fy + = 0 MC + = 0
RAy VC 1 = 0 2RAy (4 x)(1)= MC RAy VC = 0 2RAy = MC
VC = 0.5 0.25x # MC = 0.5x 1 # VC = 1.5 0.25x # MC = 3 0.5x #

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Example 3
Step 3.
Draw Influence Diagram for VC and MC

## Influence Diagram for VC Influence Diagram for MC

X 0 2 4 4 6 X 0 2 4 4 6
VC 0.5 0 -0.5 0.5 0 MC -1 0 1 1 0

VC
MC
1
1
0.5
0.5
0 x
4m x
2m 6m 0
-0.5 2m 4m 6m
-0.5

-1

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Example 4

Figure shows a statically determinate beam AECDB which is fixed at end A and
supported on rollers at D. Point C is an internal hinge.

## 1. Draw the influence line for MA

2. Draw the influence line for VE

A E C D B

Hinge
3m 1m 2m 2m

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Example 4
Step 1.
A unit load is placed on the beam at x distance from left (before and after hinge) and the reaction of RAy
and RBy as a function of x can be calculated using equations of equilibrium.

Case 1 : 0<x<4
1

x
MA D B
A
E C RDy
RAy
3m 1m 2m 2m

Case 2 : 4<x<8 1
x
MA D B
A
E C RDy
RAy
3m 1m 2m 2m

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Example 4
Step 2.
Calculate support reaction for Case 1

Case 1 : 0<x<4

D B
MC + = 0 Fy + = 0
VC RDy 2RDy = 0 VC + RDy = 0
RDy = 0# VC = 0#
2m 2m

1
x MA + = 0 Fy + = 0
MA VC
A 1(x) + VC (4) MA = 0 RAy VC 1 = 0
E MA = x# RAy = 1#
RAy
3m 1m

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Example 4
Step 3.
Calculate support reaction for Case 2

Case 2 : 4<x<8

x 1

D B MC + = 0 Fy + = 0
1 (x 4) 2RDy = 0 VC + RDy = 1
VC RDy RDy = 0.5x - 2# VC = 3 0.5x#
2m 2m

MA VC
A MA + = 0 Fy + = 0
E VC (4) MA = 0 RAy VC = 0
RAy
3m 1m MA = 12 2 x# RAy = 3 0.5x#

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Example 4
Step 4.
Draw Influence Diagram for MA

X 0 2 4 4 6 8
MA 0 2 4 4 0 -4

MA
4

0
x
2 4 6 8
-2

-4

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Example 4
Step 5.
Calculate VE as a function of x when a unit load is place before and after point E. Influence Line for
VE can be calculated by cutting the beam at E. Consider either LHS or RHS then use equations of
equilibrium to determine VE .

## Consider LHS of Beam

0<X<3 (1 Unit Load before point E) 3<X<8 (1 Unit Load after point E)

x VE
MA
x 1 VE
MA
3m
ME
RAy
3m
ME
RAy
3<x<4 4<x<8
Fy + = 0
Fy + = 0 Fy + = 0
RAy VE 1 = 0
RAy VE = 0
VE = 0# RAy VE = 0
VE = 1# VE = 3 0.5x#

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Example 4
Step 6.
Draw Influence Diagram for VE

X 0 3 3 4 4 8
VE 0 0 1 1 1 -1

VE
1

0
x
2 4 6 8

-1

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Qualitative Influence Lines

 Mller-Breslau principle states that the influence line for a function (reaction,
shear, or moment) is to the same scale as the deflected shape of the beam
when the beam is acted upon by the function.
 In order to draw the deflected shape properly, the capacity of the beam to
resist the applied function must be removed so the beam can deflect when the
function is applied.

(a)

(b)
(c)

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Qualitative Influence Lines

## Example Qualitative Influence Lines for beam

C C
A (a)
B A B
(d)
VC deflected shape
deflected shape

MC C
A C B A MC B
VC (e)
(b)

## VC Influence Line (IL) for MC

Influence Line (IL) for VC
MC

X X

(c) (f)

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Qualitative Influence Lines

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Example 5

Construct the influence line for the vertical reaction at A of the beam using
Muller-Breslau Principle.

A B
10 m

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Example 5
Step 1.
If the shape of the influence line for the vertical reaction at A is to be determined, the pin support at A
is first replaced by a roller guide. A roller guide is necessary since the beam must still resist a horizontal
force at A but no vertical force. When the positive (upward) force is then applied at A, the beam
deflects to the dashed position, which represents the general shape of the influence line for Ay.

Ay
deflected shape 1

A X
10m
Ay B Influence Line (IL) for Ay

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Example 6

Construct the influence line for the shear and moment at point C of the beam
using Muller-Breslau Principle.

A B
2.5 m 7.5 m

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Example 6
Step 1.
Place a roller guide at C to determine VC and internal hinge at C to determine MC
Vc
deflected shape
Vc 0.75

0.25

- 0.25 X
C 10m
A B
Influence Line (IL) for Vc
Vc

Mc

## deflected shape 1.875

MC C MC
A B X
10m
Influence Line (IL) for Mc

Example 7

## 1. the maximum positive shear at C

2. the maximum positive moment at C
8 kN

A B
2m 2m 2m

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Example 7
Step 1.
Remove all the applied load and a unit load is placed on the beam at x distance from left. The reaction
of RAy and RBy as a function of x can be calculated using equations of equilibrium.

1
x

2m 2m 2m X 0 2 4 6 X 0 2 4 6
RAy RBy
RAy 1.5 1 0.5 0 RBy -0.5 0 0.5 1

MB + = 0
4RAy = (6 x) (1) RAy RBy
RAy = 1.5 0.25x #
2.0 2.0

Fy + = 0
1.0 1.0
RAy + RBy = 1
0 x
RBy = 0.25x 0.5 # 0 x
0.5
2m 4m 6m
2m 4m 6m

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Example 7
Step 2.
Calculate VC and MC as a function of x when a unit load is place before and after point C. Influence
Line for VC and MC can be calculated by cutting the beam at C. Consider either LHS or RHS then use
equations of equilibrium to determine VC and MC.
Consider LHS of Beam

0<X<4 (1 Unit Load before point C) 4<X<6 (1 Unit Load after point C)

1 VC VC
x x

2m 2m MC 2m 2m MC
RAy RAy

Fy + = 0 MC + = 0 Fy + = 0 MC + = 0
RAy VC 1 = 0 2RAy (4 x)(1)= MC RAy VC = 0 2RAy = MC
VC = 0.5 0.25x # MC = 0.5x 1 # VC = 1.5 0.25x # MC = 3 0.5x #

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Example 7
Step 3.
Draw Influence Diagram for VC

## Influence Diagram for VC

VC

1
X 0 2 4 4 6
0.5
VC 0.5 0 -0.5 0.5 0
0 x
4m
2m 6m
-0.5

Step 4.
From IL diagram, multiply the highest value of VC with 8 kN;

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Example 7
Step 5.
Draw Influence Diagram for MC

## Influence Diagram for MC

MC

X 0 2 4 4 6
1
MC -1 0 1 1 0
0.5

0 x
2m 4m 6m
-0.5

-1
Step 4.
From IL diagram, multiply the highest value of MC with 8 kN;

Example 8

Determine;

## 1. the maximum positive shear at C

2. the maximum positive moment at C

5 kN 5 kN

2m
A
B
4m 6m

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Example 8
Step 1.
Remove all the applied load and a unit load is placed on the beam at x distance from left. The reaction
of RAy and RBy as a function of x can be calculated using equations of equilibrium.

x 1
MB + = 0 Fy + = 0
10RAy = (10 x) (1) RAy + RBy = 1
10m
RAy = 1 0.1x # RBy = 0.1x #
RAy RBy
RAy

X 0 2.5 5 7.5 10 1

## RAy 1 0.75 0.5 0.25 0 X

0 2.5 5 7.5 10

RBy
X 0 2.5 5 7.5 10
1
RBy 0 0.25 0.5 0.75 1
X
0 2.5 5 7.5 10

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Example 8
Step 2.
Calculate VC and MC as a function of x when a unit load is place before and after point C. Influence
Line for VC and MC can be calculated by cutting the beam at C. Consider either LHS or RHS then use
equations of equilibrium to determine VC and MC.

## 0<X<4 (1 Unit Load before point C)

x 1 VC

Fy + = 0 MC + = 0
RAy VC 1 = 0 4RAy (4 x)(1)= MC
4m VC = 0.1x # MC = 0.6x #
MC
RAy

## 4<X<10 (1 Unit Load After point C)

VC
x Fy + = 0 MC + = 0
RAy VC = 0 4RAy = MC
VC = 1 0.1x # MC = 4 0.4x #
4m
MC
RAy

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Example 8
Step 3.
Draw Influence Diagram for VC

## Influence Diagram for VC 5 kN 5 kN

VC
X 0 2 4 4 6 10
0.6
VC 0 -0.2 -0.4 0.6 0.4 0
0.4
0.2
0
-0.2 2 6 8 10 x
-0.4

Step 4.
From IL diagram, multiply the highest value of VC with two applied concentrated load of 5 kN each at 2
m distance ;

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Example 8
Step 5.
Draw Influence Diagram for MC

## Influence Diagram for MC 5 kN 5 kN

MC
X 0 2 4 4 6 10 2.4
2.0
MC 0 1.2 2.4 2.4 1.6 0
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
x
2 4 6 8 10
Step 6.
From IL diagram, multiply the highest value of MC with two applied concentrated load of 5 kN each at 2
m distance ;

Example 9

## The beam supports three concentrated load of 10 kN, 5 kN and 15 kN as shown

below. Determine;

## 1. the maximum positive shear at C

2. the maximum positive moment at C

10 kN 5 kN 15 kN

1m 2m
A
B
4m 6m

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Example 9
Step 1.
From IL diagram, multiply the highest value of VC & MC with applied concentrated load.

## Influence Diagram for MC

Influence Diagram for VC
X 0 2 4 4 6 10
X 0 2 4 4 6 10
MC 0 1.2 2.4 2.4 1.6 0
VC 0 -0.2 -0.4 0.6 0.4 0
15 kN
15 kN 10 kN
10 kN 5 kN
5 kN
1m 2m
1m 2m MC
VC
2.4
0.6 2.0
0.4 1.6
0.2 1.2
0 0.8
-0.2 2 6 8 10 x
0.4
-0.4 0
x
2 4 6 8 10

VC = (10kN x 0.6) + (5kN x 0.5) (15kN x 0.3) = 13kN MC = (10kN x 2.4) + (5kN x 2) + (15kN x 1.2) = 52kNm

Example 10

Determine;

## 1. the maximum positive shear at C

2. the maximum positive moment at C

4 kN/m

3m
A
B
4m 6m

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Example 9
Step 1.
From IL diagram, multiply the highest value of VC & MC with applied concentrated load.

## Influence Diagram for VC Influence Diagram for MC

X 0 2 4 4 6 10 X 0 2 4 4 6 10

## VC 0 -0.2 -0.4 0.6 0.4 0 MC 0 1.2 2.4 2.4 1.6 0

4 kN/m
4 kN/m
MC
VC
2.4
0.6 2.0
0.4 1.6
0.2 1.2
0 0.8
-0.2 2 6 8 10 x
0.4
-0.4 0
x
2 4 6 8 10

VC = UDL x Area under IL for VC diagram MC = UDL x Area under IL for MC diagram
VC = 4kN/mx [0.5(0.6 + 0.3) x 3] = 5.4kN MC = 4kN/mx [0.5(2.4 + 1.2) x 3] = 21.6kN

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Example 9
Maximum area for Trapezoidal shape.

MC 4 kN/m

2.4
3m
2.0

1.6

y 2.4
1.2

4m 6m
0.4

10
0
2 4 6 8 x

Influence Line
for Truss

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Example 1

Construct the influence line for the force in member BG of the bridge shown.

H G F

6m

A E
B C D

6m 6m 6m 6m

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Example 1
Step 1.
Place 1 unit load at Joint A and calculate the external reactions. Do the same process at joint , B, C D
and E.
H G F H G F

1
6m 6m
A E A B E
B C D C D
VA VE VA 1 VE
6m 6m 6m 6m 6m 6m 6m 6m

Figure 1 Figure 2

H G F H G F

6m 6m
A C E A D E
B D B C
VA 1 VE VA 1 VE
6m 6m 6m 6m 6m 6m 6m 6m

Figure 3 Figure 4

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Example 1
Step 2.
Using method of section calculate force in member BG

## Figure 1 Figure 2 Figure 3 Figure 4

H H H H
G G G G
1
6m FBG FBG FBG FBG
A B A B A B A B

1
VA = 1 VA = 0.75 VA = 0.5 VA = 0.25
6m 6m 6m 6m 6m 6m 6m 6m

Fy + = 0 Fy + = 0 Fy + = 0 Fy + = 0
FBGSin 450 + VA 1 = 0 FBGSin 450 + VA 1 = 0 FBGSin 450 + VA = 0 FBGSin 450 + VA = 0
FBG = 0# FBG = 0.354# FBG = 0.707# FBG = 0.354#

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Example 1
Step 3.
Draw Influence Diagram for Forces in member BG (FBG)

X 0 6 12 18 24
FBG 0 0.354 -0.707 -0.354 0

FBG

0.707

0.354
12 18
0
x
6 24
- 0.354

- 0.707

Example 2

## Calculate the maximum compressive force developed in member BG of the bridge

shown due to the right side wheel loads of the truck. Take the distance between
the front wheel and rear wheel is 2m. Assume the loads are applied directly to the
truss and move only to the right.

H G F

5 kN 5 kN 6m

A E
B C D

6m 6m 6m 6m

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Example 2
Step 1.
Draw Influence Diagram for Forces in member BG (FBG)

X 0 6 12 18 24

## FBG 0 0.354 -0.707 -0.354 0

FBG
5 kN 5 kN
2m
0.707

0.354
12 18
0
x
6 24
- 0.354

- 0.707

Step 2.
Calculate the compression Force in member BG (FBG)

Example 3

## Calculate the maximum tension force developed in member BG of the bridge

shown due to the left side wheel loads of the car and trailer. Assume the loads are
applied directly to the truss and move only to the left.

H G F

6m 10 kN 5 kN 15 kN

A E
B C D 1m 2m

6m 6m 6m 6m

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Example 3
Step 1.
Draw Influence Diagram for Forces in member BG (FBG)

X 0 6 12 18 24

## FBG 0 0.354 -0.707 -0.354 0

FBG 10 kN 15 kN
5 kN
1m 2m
0.707

0.354
12 18
0
x
6 24
- 0.354

- 0.707

Step 2.
Calculate the compression Force in member BG (FBG)

Review
Problems

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Problem 1

For the compound beam in Figure P1, draw the influence lines for the vertical
reactions at A, B and C, and the bending moment at support B.

A D B C

Hinge
5m 3m 8m

Figure P1

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Problem 2

Figure P2 shows beam ABCD with hinge at B is pinned supported at A and roller
supported at C and D. Draw influence line for reaction force at D, Dy, shear force
at B, VB and bending moment at C, Mc. If the beam is subjected to uniformly
distributed load of 2 kN/m throughout the beam, compute the maximum support
reaction at D.
A B C D

Hinge
2m 2m 4m

Figure P2

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Problem 3

Draw the influence lines for the support reactions at A and C as well as the shear
force at B for the beam in Figure P3. If there is a uniformly distributed load of 15
kN/m acting over span AC, calculate the shear force at B using the appropriate
influence line diagram.

A B C D

2m 1m 1m

Figure P3

Problem 4

## The beam supports three concentrated load of 10 kN, 5 kN and 15 kN as shown

below. Determine;

## 1. the maximum positive shear at E

2. the maximum positive moment at E

10 kN 5 kN 15 kN

A D B E C

1m 2m

Hinge
5m 3m 4m 4m

Figure P4

Problem 5

## Calculate the maximum tension force developed in member FC of the bridge

shown due to the left side wheel loads of the car and trailer. Assume the loads are
applied directly to the truss and move only to the left.

10 kN 5 kN 15 kN

H G F E D

1m 2m

6m

A C
B

6m 6m 6m 6m

Figure P5

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