Beam (Docstrings)¶
Beam¶
This module can be used to solve 2D beam bending problems with singularity functions in mechanics.

class
sympy.physics.continuum_mechanics.beam.
Beam
(length, elastic_modulus, second_moment, variable=x)[source]¶ A Beam is a structural element that is capable of withstanding load primarily by resisting against bending. Beams are characterized by their cross sectional profile(Second moment of area), their length and their material.
Note
While solving a beam bending problem, a user should choose its own sign convention and should stick to it. The results will automatically follow the chosen sign convention.
Examples
There is a beam of length 4 meters. A constant distributed load of 6 N/m is applied from half of the beam till the end. There are two simple supports below the beam, one at the starting point and another at the ending point of the beam. The deflection of the beam at the end is resticted.
Using the sign convention of downwards forces being positive.
>>> from sympy.physics.continuum_mechanics.beam import Beam >>> from sympy import symbols, Piecewise >>> E, I = symbols('E, I') >>> R1, R2 = symbols('R1, R2') >>> b = Beam(4, E, I) >>> b.apply_load(R1, 0, 1) >>> b.apply_load(6, 2, 0) >>> b.apply_load(R2, 4, 1) >>> b.bc_deflection = [(0, 0), (4, 0)] >>> b.boundary_conditions {'deflection': [(0, 0), (4, 0)], 'slope': []} >>> b.load R1*SingularityFunction(x, 0, 1) + R2*SingularityFunction(x, 4, 1) + 6*SingularityFunction(x, 2, 0) >>> b.solve_for_reaction_loads(R1, R2) >>> b.load 3*SingularityFunction(x, 0, 1) + 6*SingularityFunction(x, 2, 0)  9*SingularityFunction(x, 4, 1) >>> b.shear_force() 3*SingularityFunction(x, 0, 0) + 6*SingularityFunction(x, 2, 1)  9*SingularityFunction(x, 4, 0) >>> b.bending_moment() 3*SingularityFunction(x, 0, 1) + 3*SingularityFunction(x, 2, 2)  9*SingularityFunction(x, 4, 1) >>> b.slope() (3*SingularityFunction(x, 0, 2)/2 + SingularityFunction(x, 2, 3)  9*SingularityFunction(x, 4, 2)/2 + 7)/(E*I) >>> b.deflection() (7*x  SingularityFunction(x, 0, 3)/2 + SingularityFunction(x, 2, 4)/4  3*SingularityFunction(x, 4, 3)/2)/(E*I) >>> b.deflection().rewrite(Piecewise) (7*x  Piecewise((x**3, x > 0), (0, True))/2  3*Piecewise(((x  4)**3, x  4 > 0), (0, True))/2 + Piecewise(((x  2)**4, x  2 > 0), (0, True))/4)/(E*I)

apply_load
(value, start, order, end=None)[source]¶ This method adds up the loads given to a particular beam object.
Parameters: value : Sympifyable
The magnitude of an applied load.
start : Sympifyable
The starting point of the applied load. For point moments and point forces this is the location of application.
order : Integer
The order of the applied load.  For moments, order= 2  For point loads, order=1  For constant distributed load, order=0  For ramp loads, order=1  For parabolic ramp loads, order=2  … so on.
end : Sympifyable, optional
An optional argument that can be used if the load has an end point within the length of the beam.
Examples
There is a beam of length 4 meters. A moment of magnitude 3 Nm is applied in the clockwise direction at the starting point of the beam. A pointload of magnitude 4 N is applied from the top of the beam at 2 meters from the starting point and a parabolic ramp load of magnitude 2 N/m is applied below the beam starting from 2 meters to 3 meters away from the starting point of the beam.
>>> from sympy.physics.continuum_mechanics.beam import Beam >>> from sympy import symbols >>> E, I = symbols('E, I') >>> b = Beam(4, E, I) >>> b.apply_load(3, 0, 2) >>> b.apply_load(4, 2, 1) >>> b.apply_load(2, 2, 2, end = 3) >>> b.load 3*SingularityFunction(x, 0, 2) + 4*SingularityFunction(x, 2, 1)  2*SingularityFunction(x, 2, 2) + 2*SingularityFunction(x, 3, 0) + 2*SingularityFunction(x, 3, 2)

bending_moment
()[source]¶ Returns a Singularity Function expression which represents the bending moment curve of the Beam object.
Examples
There is a beam of length 30 meters. A moment of magnitude 120 Nm is applied in the clockwise direction at the end of the beam. A pointload of magnitude 8 N is applied from the top of the beam at the starting point. There are two simple supports below the beam. One at the end and another one at a distance of 10 meters from the start. The deflection is restricted at both the supports.
Using the sign convention of upward forces and clockwise moment being positive.
>>> from sympy.physics.continuum_mechanics.beam import Beam >>> from sympy import symbols >>> E, I = symbols('E, I') >>> R1, R2 = symbols('R1, R2') >>> b = Beam(30, E, I) >>> b.apply_load(8, 0, 1) >>> b.apply_load(R1, 10, 1) >>> b.apply_load(R2, 30, 1) >>> b.apply_load(120, 30, 2) >>> b.bc_deflection = [(10, 0), (30, 0)] >>> b.solve_for_reaction_loads(R1, R2) >>> b.bending_moment() 8*SingularityFunction(x, 0, 1) + 6*SingularityFunction(x, 10, 1) + 120*SingularityFunction(x, 30, 0) + 2*SingularityFunction(x, 30, 1)

boundary_conditions
¶ Returns a dictionary of boundary conditions applied on the beam. The dictionary has three kewwords namely moment, slope and deflection. The value of each keyword is a list of tuple, where each tuple contains loaction and value of a boundary condition in the format (location, value).
Examples
There is a beam of length 4 meters. The bending moment at 0 should be 4 and at 4 it should be 0. The slope of the beam should be 1 at 0. The deflection should be 2 at 0.
>>> from sympy.physics.continuum_mechanics.beam import Beam >>> from sympy import symbols >>> E, I = symbols('E, I') >>> b = Beam(4, E, I) >>> b.bc_deflection = [(0, 2)] >>> b.bc_slope = [(0, 1)] >>> b.boundary_conditions {'deflection': [(0, 2)], 'slope': [(0, 1)]}
Here the deflection of the beam should be
2
at0
. Similarly, the slope of the beam should be1
at0
.

deflection
()[source]¶ Returns a Singularity Function expression which represents the elastic curve or deflection of the Beam object.
Examples
There is a beam of length 30 meters. A moment of magnitude 120 Nm is applied in the clockwise direction at the end of the beam. A pointload of magnitude 8 N is applied from the top of the beam at the starting point. There are two simple supports below the beam. One at the end and another one at a distance of 10 meters from the start. The deflection is restricted at both the supports.
Using the sign convention of upward forces and clockwise moment being positive.
>>> from sympy.physics.continuum_mechanics.beam import Beam >>> from sympy import symbols >>> E, I = symbols('E, I') >>> R1, R2 = symbols('R1, R2') >>> b = Beam(30, E, I) >>> b.apply_load(8, 0, 1) >>> b.apply_load(R1, 10, 1) >>> b.apply_load(R2, 30, 1) >>> b.apply_load(120, 30, 2) >>> b.bc_deflection = [(10, 0), (30, 0)] >>> b.solve_for_reaction_loads(R1, R2) >>> b.deflection() (4000*x/3  4*SingularityFunction(x, 0, 3)/3 + SingularityFunction(x, 10, 3) + 60*SingularityFunction(x, 30, 2) + SingularityFunction(x, 30, 3)/3  12000)/(E*I)

elastic_modulus
¶ Young’s Modulus of the Beam.

length
¶ Length of the Beam.

load
¶ Returns a Singularity Function expression which represents the load distribution curve of the Beam object.
Examples
There is a beam of length 4 meters. A moment of magnitude 3 Nm is applied in the clockwise direction at the starting point of the beam. A pointload of magnitude 4 N is applied from the top of the beam at 2 meters from the starting point and a parabolic ramp load of magnitude 2 N/m is applied below the beam starting from 3 meters away from the starting point of the beam.
>>> from sympy.physics.continuum_mechanics.beam import Beam >>> from sympy import symbols >>> E, I = symbols('E, I') >>> b = Beam(4, E, I) >>> b.apply_load(3, 0, 2) >>> b.apply_load(4, 2, 1) >>> b.apply_load(2, 3, 2) >>> b.load 3*SingularityFunction(x, 0, 2) + 4*SingularityFunction(x, 2, 1)  2*SingularityFunction(x, 3, 2)

reaction_loads
¶ Returns the reaction forces in a dictionary.

second_moment
¶ Second moment of area of the Beam.

shear_force
()[source]¶ Returns a Singularity Function expression which represents the shear force curve of the Beam object.
Examples
There is a beam of length 30 meters. A moment of magnitude 120 Nm is applied in the clockwise direction at the end of the beam. A pointload of magnitude 8 N is applied from the top of the beam at the starting point. There are two simple supports below the beam. One at the end and another one at a distance of 10 meters from the start. The deflection is restricted at both the supports.
Using the sign convention of upward forces and clockwise moment being positive.
>>> from sympy.physics.continuum_mechanics.beam import Beam >>> from sympy import symbols >>> E, I = symbols('E, I') >>> R1, R2 = symbols('R1, R2') >>> b = Beam(30, E, I) >>> b.apply_load(8, 0, 1) >>> b.apply_load(R1, 10, 1) >>> b.apply_load(R2, 30, 1) >>> b.apply_load(120, 30, 2) >>> b.bc_deflection = [(10, 0), (30, 0)] >>> b.solve_for_reaction_loads(R1, R2) >>> b.shear_force() 8*SingularityFunction(x, 0, 0) + 6*SingularityFunction(x, 10, 0) + 120*SingularityFunction(x, 30, 1) + 2*SingularityFunction(x, 30, 0)

slope
()[source]¶ Returns a Singularity Function expression which represents the slope the elastic curve of the Beam object.
Examples
There is a beam of length 30 meters. A moment of magnitude 120 Nm is applied in the clockwise direction at the end of the beam. A pointload of magnitude 8 N is applied from the top of the beam at the starting point. There are two simple supports below the beam. One at the end and another one at a distance of 10 meters from the start. The deflection is restricted at both the supports.
Using the sign convention of upward forces and clockwise moment being positive.
>>> from sympy.physics.continuum_mechanics.beam import Beam >>> from sympy import symbols >>> E, I = symbols('E, I') >>> R1, R2 = symbols('R1, R2') >>> b = Beam(30, E, I) >>> b.apply_load(8, 0, 1) >>> b.apply_load(R1, 10, 1) >>> b.apply_load(R2, 30, 1) >>> b.apply_load(120, 30, 2) >>> b.bc_deflection = [(10, 0), (30, 0)] >>> b.solve_for_reaction_loads(R1, R2) >>> b.slope() (4*SingularityFunction(x, 0, 2) + 3*SingularityFunction(x, 10, 2) + 120*SingularityFunction(x, 30, 1) + SingularityFunction(x, 30, 2) + 4000/3)/(E*I)

solve_for_reaction_loads
(*reactions)[source]¶ Solves for the reaction forces.
Examples
There is a beam of length 30 meters. A moment of magnitude 120 Nm is applied in the clockwise direction at the end of the beam. A pointload of magnitude 8 N is applied from the top of the beam at the starting point. There are two simple supports below the beam. One at the end and another one at a distance of 10 meters from the start. The deflection is restricted at both the supports.
Using the sign convention of upward forces and clockwise moment being positive.
>>> from sympy.physics.continuum_mechanics.beam import Beam >>> from sympy import symbols, linsolve, limit >>> E, I = symbols('E, I') >>> R1, R2 = symbols('R1, R2') >>> b = Beam(30, E, I) >>> b.apply_load(8, 0, 1) >>> b.apply_load(R1, 10, 1) # Reaction force at x = 10 >>> b.apply_load(R2, 30, 1) # Reaction force at x = 30 >>> b.apply_load(120, 30, 2) >>> b.bc_deflection = [(10, 0), (30, 0)] >>> b.load R1*SingularityFunction(x, 10, 1) + R2*SingularityFunction(x, 30, 1)  8*SingularityFunction(x, 0, 1) + 120*SingularityFunction(x, 30, 2) >>> b.solve_for_reaction_loads(R1, R2) >>> b.reaction_loads {R1: 6, R2: 2} >>> b.load 8*SingularityFunction(x, 0, 1) + 6*SingularityFunction(x, 10, 1) + 120*SingularityFunction(x, 30, 2) + 2*SingularityFunction(x, 30, 1)

variable
¶ A symbol that can be used as a variable along the length of the beam while representing load distribution, shear force curve, bending moment, slope curve and the deflection curve. By default, it is set to
Symbol('x')
, but this property is mutable.Examples
>>> from sympy.physics.continuum_mechanics.beam import Beam >>> from sympy import symbols >>> E, I = symbols('E, I') >>> x, y, z = symbols('x, y, z') >>> b = Beam(4, E, I) >>> b.variable x >>> b.variable = y >>> b.variable y >>> b = Beam(4, E, I, z) >>> b.variable z
