Deflection and Strength of Beams

The object of this experiment is to allow students to demonstrate their knowledge of beam
deflection theory through the completion of an experiment that:
1) Applies a load to a beam
2) Measures the deflection at selected locations
3) Sets up a protocol for comparison of measured values with theoretical values
Students will be introduced to a large-scale beam specimen, electronic transducers and data
acquisition systems. The theory by which each of the mentioned devices operate will be
discussed. Students will configure these devices and set up a laboratory experiment.
Students should be mindful of why each experiment configuration was chosen.



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