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Beam deflection does not match hand calculations

Question asked by Phil Perlich on Oct 17, 2013
Latest reply on Oct 18, 2013 by Phil Perlich

I am trying to validate a beam analysis against hand calcs, but I am getting differing results. So I set up a simple simulation to compare to have a base line.


Using weldments I modeled a 100" long S8 x 23 beam with a 25,000 lb point load in the center. Allowing the beams ends to rotate (simply supported) I get a very reasonable error of 3.3% on the deflection in the center, however with fixed ends the error is 21.3%. Why is the FEA computed deflection so much greater than the hand calcs?