Beam Analysis with FEM Excel Sheet10 June 2019
Beam Analysis with FEM Excel Sheet
Beam Analysis with FEM Excel Sheet is an application of MS-Excel “Solver” to Non-linear Beam Analysis written by Toshimi Taki Prepared on March 4, 2007
There are some types of beam structures as shown in figure 1.
Figure 1 : Types of Beam Structures
If beam elements of “simple beam” structures are subject to lateral load only, this type of beam structure shows linear behaviour. “Simple beam” structures can be analysed easily. When beam elements in a beam structure are subject to lateral load and axial load, the structure shows non-linear behaviour.
The examples of the non-linear beam problems are beam columns, Elastica and arch structures. Analytical method is applicable only to idealized structures such as uniform cross section beam column.
You need to use non-linear finite element analysis to solve non-linear beam structures in real world. I have developed a new method to solve non-linear beam structures.
This is a direct application of energy principle using MS-Excel “Solver”. Application of MS-Excel “Solver” to Non-linear Beam Analysis “Elastica” is used as an example to show the method. Following figures show the results.
Figure 2 : Model for Elastica
Figure 3 : Result — Deflection
Figure 4 : Result — Load-Deflection Curve