Can I connect one beam to another as a side load in BC Calc®?

To analyze load transfer from one member to another, BC Calc® allows for a "Linked" Support Type. Linking two members, for example, joist supported by a beam, transfers the reaction and maintains a dynamic link. A change of load on the "supported" member will affect the load transferred or linked to the "supporting" member. The applied load can be a Uniform Linear Load or a Point Load, the reference end (left or right) can be set and the reaction can be configured as a side load if required.

For this exercise add two beams to an analysis, with the goal of side-loading one beam to the other:

1. Double-click on one of the members to edit.

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2. From the Spans tab adjust one of the Support Types (bearings) to be Linked.

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3. Once one of the bearings has been set to Linked, the Support Label will become a clickable link and will open the Linked Support properties. Click the word Link.

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4. (1) Select the member that we'll be applying a load to.

4. (2) Click the Load tab.

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5. (1) Select a Load Type.

5. (2) Enter the location of the load.

5. (3) Enable Side Load (Location Back or Front) and click Save

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6. Configure the Products tab to specification or find an adequate solution.

NOTE: The connection may require review depending on the load applied.

 

7. To configure a product for the other member and review the load being applied, switch to the other beam from the Member drop-down menu.

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8. After selecting a product, click Analyze Member mceclip10.png

 

9. Under the Loads tab, notice there's a reaction from the other member.

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Example file used in creating this article can be downloaded here.

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