A beam is a structural element that is capable of withstanding load primarily by resisting bending. The bending force induced into the material of the beam as a result of the external loads, own weight and external reactions to these loads is called a bending moment.
A beam, bending under an evenly distributed load.
Beams generally carry vertical gravitational forces but can also be used to carry horizontal loads (i.e., loads due to an earthquake or wind). The loads carried by a beam are transferred to columns, walls, or girders, which then transfer the force to adjacent structural compression members. In Light frame construction the joists rest on the beam.
Beams are characterized by their profile (the shape of their cross-section), their length, and their material. In contemporary construction, beams are typically made of steel, reinforced concrete, or wood. One of the most common types of steel beam is the I-beam or wide-flange beam (also known as a “universal beam” or, for stouter sections, a “universal column”). This is commonly used in steel-frame buildings and bridges. Other common beam profiles are the C-channel, the hollow structural section beam, the pipe, and the angle
Beams are subjected to transverse load.
Planer and slender member.
Identify by the resistance offered to force
Resists force in a direction along the line of action figure 5.1(a)
Resists force in any direction of the plane. Figure 5.1(b)
c) Fixed Supports
Resists force in any direction figure5.1(c)