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  1. Forging new generations of engineers

  2. Truss Calculations with MD Solids

  3. Trusses Enter the information into MD Solids. Before you press “Compute” , try to predict which members are in compression and which are in tension.* *If necessary, refer to the wide variety of “MD Solids Help Documents” included in the MD Solids software to help you get started.

  4. Trusses Notice the gold colored members labeled with a (C) are in compression, and the blue colored members labeled with a (T) are in tension. Did you guess correctly?

  5. Trusses Try to predict which members here are in tension and which are in compression.

  6. Trusses The members in purple are in neither tension or compression. Sometimes, additional members do not help to support a load. These are called zero-force members.

  7. Trusses Try to predict which members here are in tension and which are in compression.

  8. Trusses Compare your predictions with the solution.

  9. Trusses

  10. Trusses

  11. 200 N B C 4m A 300 N D 3m 3m Trusses Solve for the force in each member of the truss in this example to find whether the members are in tension or compression. Use MD Solids software. Start by replacing the supports with reaction forces:

  12. 200 N CY 3m CX 4m 300 N 6m AY Trusses Here the supports have been replaces with reaction forces:

  13. Trusses This is how the problem looks when entered into MD Solids.

  14. Trusses The solution shows forces in each member and at each support.

  15. Trusses • For of the following trusses: • Replace the supports with the appropriate reaction forces. • Predict which beams would be in tension, which would be in compression, and which would be supporting the most force. • Draw the truss in MD Solids. • Record the forces at the supports and in each beam. • Were your predictions correct?

  16. #1 #2 500 lb 500 lb • • • • • • • • 2 ft • • • • • • 2 ft 2 ft 80 lbs 60 lbs • • 4 ft 3 ft Trusses

  17. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • #3 #4 200 N 200 N 200 N 4 m 4 m • • • • 200 N 3 m 2 m 5 kN* 3 m 3m 7 kN* Trusses * 1 KN = 1000N, therefore 5kN = 5000N

  18. Trusses Solution for #1

  19. Trusses Solution for #1

  20. Trusses Solution for #2

  21. Trusses Solution for #2

  22. Trusses Solution for #3

  23. Trusses Solution for #3

  24. Trusses Solution for #4

  25. Trusses Solution for #4