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Assignment

Consider a tapered beam (made of Mild Steel) of length 20 cm and a rectangular cross section
with constant thickness of 10mm as shown in figure below. The force acting on the right end
of beam is 75kN. Youngs Modulus of Mild steel, E = 210GPa. Density of steel, = 7800
kg/m3.
Q - Find the axial deflection in the beam:
1. Using the principles of Solid Mechanics.
2. Using Rayleigh-Ritz Method assuming:
a. Linear displacement field u=a+bx
b. Quadratic displacement field u = a+bx+cx2
Neglect the effect of body forces due to gravity.

L=

a=

X=0

b = 50mm

75kN