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RE: Matrix Stiffness Method with Spreads

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Thanks Roger.  I thought it could be done.  I plan on updating the spreadsheet in the near future, first to allow either end to be fixed, then maybe allow a cantilever, and finally to add continuous spans.  It's really pretty amazing what you can accomplish with excel.  I use it for almost everything I calculate.  I really prefer making the spreadsheets myself over using some canned software like Enercalc.  By the time I'm finished creating a spreadsheet, and going through all the variables and options available to solve a problem, I've just given myself a pretty good education on the subject.  Great way to learn the in's and out's of a subject.
Tripp Howard, P.E.

Roger Turk <73527.1356(--nospam--at)> wrote:
Trip Howard wrote:

. > I think this method could also be used for continuous beams, but I havn't
. > tried to do that yet.

A continuous beam is nothing more than a series of simply supported beams
with continuity end moments. If you can calculate deflections in a simply
supported beam, you can calculate deflections in any span of a continuous
beam by taking a FBD of that span.

A. Roger Turk, P.E.(Structural)
Tucson, Arizona

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