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Direct integration method.

T. William (Bill) Allen, S.E. (CA #2607)
University of Southern California, M.S.C.E., 1983
University of Texas at El Paso, B.S.C.E., 1977

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From: seaint-seaosc(--nospam--at) [mailto:seaint-seaosc(--nospam--at)] On 
Behalf Of Lloyd Pack Sent: Monday, March 11, 2013 7:40 AM
To: seaint-seaosc(--nospam--at)
Subject: [SEAINT-SEAOSC] Which method do you like for calculating 

Hello List,

I'm wondering which method is your preference for calculating deflections 
on two or more continuous unequal spans.  We have equations for equal spans 
 but not for unequal spans.

On two span continuous beams, I've used superposition to calculate the 
middle reaction then summation of moments about the left reaction to get 
the right reaction.  Then I use summation of vertical forces to get the 
left reaction, followed by calculating the shears at each side of the 
reactions, then the moments from the area of the shear diagrams.  I usually 
 then use the moments and back calculate a uniform load and then use that 
uniform load in the deflection equation for a simple span beam.

I'm not loving this method.  I've been wondering about using a moment-area 
method or an M/EI approach.  If any of you use either of these I would 
really like to hear your approach.  If any of you use something else, will 
you tell me what you like and why?  I would like a more elegant and 
hopefully more precise method.

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