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pumpmann (Mechanical) (OP)
10 Apr 12 16:26
Anyone know of some good beam calculating apps?
paddingtongreen (Structural)
10 Apr 12 21:23
Download a calculator and a book on structural mechanics.

Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.

spats (Structural)
11 Apr 12 12:13
If you're just talking about beam load analysis, WinBeam is a winner.
Lutfi (Structural)
15 Apr 12 11:45
We use apps and then we will forget that M = wL^2/8 and M = PL/4, etc. as some has forgotten how to do moment distribution. I see many engineers reach to their computers to run a simple span beam with single load or uniformly distributed load. What shall we do when the computers crash? I am glad I kept my slide rule!

You know what I think is better, write your own application in a spreadsheet or VB.

Please forgive my sarcasm.


Qshake (Structural)
15 Apr 12 12:30
Lufti - You're sarcasm and insights are welcome as are those of paddingtongreen.

These formulas, as well as estimating the values in them, for structural engineers are akin to memorizing multiplications in elementary school.

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msquared48 (Structural)
15 Apr 12 16:05
When needed, I submit to the luxury of BeamPro. bigsmile

My sliderules have moss on them too.

Mike McCann
MMC Engineering

bridgebuster (Civil)
15 Apr 12 16:08
Do kids still memorize multiplication tables? That was 3rd Grade.

In 8th Grade we had to memorize the square of 1 to 25 (along with JFK's inaugural speech.)  
SethGuthrie (Civil/Environmental)
16 Apr 12 13:54
I am partial to RAM SBeam for the analysis and design of a single span (with or without cantilevers). It works great for composite or non-composite steel design per AISC 360-05 or a variety of other codes.
If you are interested in wood or concrete design then I have other preferences.
MiketheEngineer (Structural)
16 Apr 12 13:59
I like BeamChek (spelling is correct - $150) or Archon Engineering BEAM ($40)

BeamCheck is very good fro wood or steel.  Archon is only steel but covers almost all section types and sizes.
pumpmann (Mechanical) (OP)
2 May 12 15:30
thks everyone
is this apps for iphone o/s?
MiketheEngineer (Structural)
2 May 12 16:17
Not that I am aware of

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