Objectives: In this chapter, the most common kinds of supports of simple structures and the different connecting elements of multi-part structures are introduced. We will discuss their characteristic features and how they can be classified, so that the students will be able to decide whether or not a structure is statically and kinematically determinate. Students will also learn from this chapter how the forces and couple moments appearing at the supports and the connecting elements of a loaded structure can be determined. Here, the most important steps are the sketch of the free-body diagram and the correct application of the equilibrium conditions.
KeywordsReaction Force Plane Structure Force Component Line Load Statical Determinacy
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