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**Absolute maximum moment in s beam supporting a series of moving concentrated loads.**

In earlier sections, we have learned to compute the maximum shear and moment for single load, UDL and series of concentrated loads at specified locations. However, from design point of view it is necessary to know the critical location of the point in the beam and the position of the loading on the beam to find maximum shear and moment induced by the loads. Following paragraph explains briefly for the cantilever beam or simply supported beam so that quickly maximum shear and moment can be obtained.

Maximum Shear: As shown in the Figure 39.22, for the cantilever beam, absolute maximum shear will occur at a point located very near to fixed end of the beam. After placing the load as close as to fixed support, find the shear at the section close to fixed end.

Similarly for the simply supported beam, as shown in Figure 39.23, the absolute maximum shear will occur when one of the loads is placed very close to support.

**Moment:**

The absolute maximum bending moment in case of cantilever beam will occur where the maximum shear has occurred, but the loading position will be at the free end as shown in Figure 39.24.

The absolute maximum bending moment in the case of simply supported beam, one cannot obtain by direct inspection. However, we can identify position analytically. In this regard, we need to prove an important proposition.

**Proposition:**

When a series of wheel loads crosses a beam, simply supported ends, the maximum bending moment under any given wheel occurs when its axis and the center of gravity of the load system on span are equidistant from the center of the span.

Let us assume that load P_{1}, P_{2}, P_{3} etc. are spaced shown in Figure 39.25 and traveling from left to right. Assume P_{R} to be resultant of the loads, which are on the beam, located in such way that it nearer to P_{3} at a distance of d1 as shown in Figure 39.25.

If P_{12} is resultant of P_{1} and P_{2}, and distance from P_{3} is d_{2}. Our objective is to find the maximum bending moment under load P_{3}. The bending moment under P_{3} is expressed as

Differentiate the above expression with respect to x for finding out maximum moment.

Above expression proves the proposition.

Let us have a look to some examples for better understanding of the abovederived proposition.

**Numerical Examples**

**Example 1: **

The beam is loaded with two loads 25 kN each spaced at 2.5 m is traveling on the beam having span of 10 m. Find the absolute maximum moment

**Solution:**

When the a load of 25kN and center of gravity of loads are equidistant from the center of span then absolute bending moment will occur. Hence, place the load on the beam as shown in Figure 39.26.

The influence line for M_{x} is shown in Figure 39.27

Computation of absolute maximum moment is given below.

M_{x} = 25(2.461) + 25(1.367) = 95. 70 kN.m

**Example 2:**

Compute the absolute maximum bending moment for the beam having span of 30 m and loaded with a series of concentrated loads moving across the span as shown in Figure 39.28.

First of all compute the center of gravity of loads from first point load of 100 kN

Now place the loads as shown in Figure 39.29.

Also, draw the influence line as shown in Figure 39.30 for the section X.

M_{x} = 100(4.97) + 100(5.982) + 250(7.5) + 150(6.018) + 100(4.535) = 4326.4kN.m

**Envelopes of maximum influence line values**

For easy calculations steps of absolute maximum shear and moment rules for cantilever beam and simply supported beam were discussed in previous section. Nevertheless, it is difficult to formulate such rules for other situations. In such situations, the simple approach is that develop the influence lines for shear and moment at different points along the entire length of the beam. The values easily can be obtained using the concepts developed in earlier sections. After obtaining the values, plot the influence lines for each point under consideration in one plot and the outcome will be envelop of maximums. From this diagram, both the absolute maximum value of shear and moment and location can be obtained. However, the approach is simple but demands tedious calculations for each point. In that case, these calculations easily can be done using computers.

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