   # 4.46 through 4.50 Determine the force in each member of the truss shown. FIG. P4.47

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## 4.46 through 4.50 Determine the force in each member of the truss shown. FIG. P4.47

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Find the forces in the members of the truss.

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Given information:

Apply the sign conventions for calculating reactions, forces and moments using the three equations of equilibrium as shown below.

• For summation of forces along x-direction is equal to zero (Fx=0), consider the forces acting towards right side as positive (+) and the forces acting towards left side as negative ().
• For summation of forces along y-direction is equal to zero (Fy=0), consider the upward force as positive (+) and the downward force as negative ().
• For summation of moment about a point is equal to zero (Matapoint=0), consider the clockwise moment as negative and the counter clockwise moment as positive.

Method of joints and section.

The negative value of force in any member indicates compression (C) and the positive value of force in any member indicates Tension (T).

Calculation:

Show the free body diagram of the truss as shown in Figure 1.

Refer Figure 1.

Consider the horizontal and vertical reactions at B are Bx and By.

Consider the vertical reaction at C is Cy.

Take the sum of the forces in the horizontal direction as zero.

Fx=0Bx=0

Take the sum of the forces in the vertical direction as zero.

By the symmetry of truss,

Fy=0By=Cy=(60+120+120+120+602)By=Cy=(60+120+40+120+40+120+602)By=Cy=280kN

Calculate the value of the angle θ as follows:

tanθ=(816)θ=tan1(816)θ=26.565°

Calculate the value of the angle α as follows:

tanα=(42)α=tan1(2)α=63.434°

Calculate the value of the angle β as follows:

tanβ=(86)β=tan1(86)β=53.130°

Consider a section a-a passing through the members BC, CG, and JK.

Show the portion of the truss to the left of the section a-a as shown in Figure 2.

Refer Figure 2.

Take the sum of the moment about I as zero.

MF=060×16120×840×3+280×6FBC×8=0FBC=3608FBC=45kN(C)

JOINT A.

Show the joint as shown in Figure 3.

Refer Figure 3.

Find the force in the member AE and AB as follows:

For Equilibrium of forces,

Fy=0FAEsin26.565°=60FAE=60sin26.565°FAE=134.16kN(T)

Fx=0FAEcos26.565°+FAB=0FAB=FAEcos26.565°FAB=120kNFAB=120kN(C)

JOINT B.

Show the joint as shown in Figure 4.

Refer Figure 4.

Find the forces in the members BE and BF as follows:

For Equilibrium of forces,

Fx=0FBEcos63.434°+FBFcos53.130°FBA+FBC=00

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