TecQuipment's Continuous and Indeterminate Beams structures teaching hardware is a highly versatile piece of laboratory equipment with many possible experiment configurations.
The teaching hardware includes a rigid beam and a flexible beam, a backboard and three load cell piers which measure vertical reactions.
To perform beam experiments, students mount the beams on the load cells in various arrangements, and load the beams.
Two of the load cells have knife-edge supports, while the third load cell can clamp the beam or allow it to rest on a knife edge. To measure beam deflection, students traverse a digital indicator on the backboard along the beams. The backboard also has a mechanism which measures the fixing moment of a propped cantilever or fixed beam.
The Continuous and Indeterminate Beams structures teaching hardware includes a rule, a vernier, leads to connect to a Digital Force Display (STR1a), knife-edge hangers, a student guide and a lecturer guide.
The Continuous and Indeterminate Beams Virtual Experiments Software enables computer simulation of experiments working with or without the Structures teaching hardware. It expands the scope of experimentation beyond the limits of the hardware, allowing students to visualise, tabulate and graph data, reducing the time required for students to obtain, process and present results.
It enables students to apply uniformly distributed loads to the beam, edit the cross-sectional shape of the beam and Young's modulus of the material. During experiments, the software displays theoretical force and deflection diagrams. This allows students to realistically, efficiently and conveniently investigate and compare the properties of a wide selection of beam types under varying applied loads.
The virtual experiments software is available in a variety of multi-user and networked options, as well as single-user format.