The loading diagram is perfect for all of those teachers that wanted to see a free body diagram. The loading diagram is a visual representation of the loading on the beam being designed. Below the loading diagram there is also a summary of the various loads on the beam. This is available in any of the beam design modules, but excludes the footing and column design modules.
The loading diagram above shows all of the different loads available:
- point loads (in green)
- uniform loads (shown on the center span)
- beam self weight loads (shown on the left span)
- trapezoidal loads (rectangular, trapezoidal, triangular; shown in red)
It also shows the reactions as determined by the pin setup you choose in the design mode. The loads are all scaled relative to each other’s magnitude. You can visually see that the left span TR1 load is twice that of both the center span TR1 and TR2 loads. Also it is possible to see that P3 is three times the magnitude of P1.
StruCalc also provides the shear, moment, and deflection diagrams (VMD Diagrams). The diagrams are available for all possible loading conditions along all the spans of the beam. StruCalc will automatically show the controlling shear, moment, and deflection, but by typing in a location and hitting calculate the shear, moment, and deflection values will be displayed. This is available in any of the beam design modules but also excludes the footing and column design modules.