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How Do You Model a Simply Supported Beam?

Question asked by 1-T8NHSQ on Sep 3, 2010
Latest reply on Feb 3, 2015 by Jared Conway

I'm trying to verify SolidWorks analysis with standard hand calcs for a simply supported beam, 2" x 4" x 240", A36 steel, 10psi.  I've actually got this model to run without failing and I'm not sure how I did it but anyway, Checked units, checked dimensions, checked properties, everything is consistent with calcs and program.


I must admit I am not impressed with SolidWorks at all.  For something so easy, so basic to be this frustratingly hard is quite disappointing.  I've been a Structural Engineer in the biz for 22+ years.  I'm signed up to take some classes in January so maybe things will change.  But my first experience with this is.....not good!