Thursday, March 02, 2006

 

A wikibook on solid mechanics

This wikibook is incomplete, but it's free and anybody can edit it.

 

Plot shear force and bending moment diagrams

Hi All,

Below is the link to a neat Java application that plots shear force and bending moment diagrams for a given set of beams and various loading conditions.

http://www.engapplets.vt.edu/statics/BeamView/BeamView.html

Best,
Harsha

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

 

Fun Mini-FEA program

There is a really cool Mini-FEA program on the web developed by Prof. Paul Steiff at CMU for analyzing beams. It's very simple - all you have to do is enter the size of your beam, its material properties, and specify the loading - and then you can instantly see the deformed shape of your beam and output stresses in the beam.

Mini-FEA program:
http://engineering-education.com/miniFEA/

The program was developed for Windows PCs and can be run in Internet Explorer or Firefox. I've tried running it on my Mac, and if you're patient with it, you can run it on a Mac with Firefox.

The tutorial for the miniFEA program is very instructive and short. Try it out!

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