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Title :FORCE IN A STATICALLY

Civil

DETERMINATE CANTILEVER TRUSS


1.0 OBJECTIVE
1.1

To examine a statically determinate frame and to analyze the frame using


simple pin joint theory.

2.0 LEARNING OUTCOME


2.1
2.2
2.3
2.4

The application the engineering knowledge in practical application


To enhance technical competency in structural engineering through
laboratory application.
To communicate effectively in group
To identify problem, solving and finding out appropriate solution through
laboratory application

3.0 THEORY
A truss is a structure composed of slender member joined together at their end
points to form one or more triangles . The joint connections are considered as
pinned joint without friction.
In order to determine the forces developed in the individual members at a truss, the
following assumptions should be make:
1. The members are connected to each other at their ends by frictionless pins,
that is only a force and no moment can be transferred from one member to
another.
2. External loads are applied to the truss only at its joints.
One of the methods to calculate the forces in the member of a truss is using
Method of Joint.

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DETERMINATE CANTILEVER TRUSS


Method Of Joints
- Suitable to use in calculating all of the member forces for a truss.
- This method entails the use of a free body diagram of joints with the equilibrium
equations Fx = 0 and Fy = 0.
- Calculation only can be started for joint where the numbers of unknowns are
two or less.
4.0

PROCEDURES
1. Unscrew the thumwheel on the redundant member. Note that it is
effectively no longer part of the structure as the idealised diagram illustrates.
2. Apply the pre-load of 100N downward, re-zero the load cell and carefully
apply a load of 250N and check that the frame is stable and secure.
3. Return the load to zero (leaving the 100N preload), recheck and re-zero the
digital indicator. Never apply loads greater than those specified
on the
equipment.
4. Apply load in the increment shown in Table 1 recordding the strain readings
and the digital indicator readings. Complete Table 2 by subtracing the initial
( zero) strain readings. (be careful with your sign)

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Title :FORCE IN A STATICALLY

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DETERMINATE CANTILEVER TRUSS


5.0 RESULT
1. Tables
Load
(N)

Strain Reading
1

Digital
indicator
reading
(mm)

0
0
0
0
0
0

0
50
100
150
200
250

Table 1: Strain Readings and Frame Deflection for Experiment 1


Load
(N)

0
50
100
150
200
250

0
0
0
0
0
0

Table 2: True Strain Reading for Experiment 1


2. Graphs
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iii.
iv.

Choose a member (except member 6), and on the same axis plot a
graph of Recorded Strain against Load (N) and True Strain
against Load (N).
On another graph, do the same for a different member (non member
6).
Plot a separate graph of deflection (mm) against Load (N).
Comment on your graph

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Using the Youngs Modulus relationship, calculate the equivalent
member force. complete the experimental force inTable 3. (ignore member 6 at
this stage)
E = /
Where;
E = Youngs Modulus (Nm-2) =
Stress in the member (Nm-2) =
Displayed strain
and = F/A
where,
F = Force in member (N)
A = cross section area of the member (m2)
Rod diameter = ---------------- mm and Esteel = 2.10x105 N/mm2

Member

Experimental Force
(N)

Theoretical Force (N)

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8

Table 3: Measured and Theoretical Force in the Cantilever Truss

Calculate the theoretical force using method of joint and write it down in
Table
3 above

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6.0 DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION
1. Compare the experimental and theoritical result.
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2. From your result and the theoritical member force, identify which
members are in compression and which member are in tension. Explain your
choice.
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3. Observe the reading of member 5. Explain why the readings is almost
zero.
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4. Are the strain gauges are an effective tranducersfor measurement forces


in the framework.
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5. Does the framework comply with pin joint theory even though the joint are
not truly pin joint?.
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