Influence Line Diagram
Live loads are defined as those which can vary both in their magnitude and location. Live loads are primary concern while designing a bridge or any structure where the load moves along the span of the structure.
To understand the behaviour of structure due to live load or moving load, it is necessary to understand the concept of influence line.
An Influence line represents the variation of structural response function (support reaction, shear force, bending moment or deflection etc.) due to change in the position of a concentrated load on the span (such as bridges, cranes, conveyor etc.). A plot of the influence line vs the load position is known as influence line diagram.
It is important to understand the difference between influence
line diagram and the shear or moment diagram. Influence line represent the
effect of moving load only at a specified loaction on a member,
while shear and moment diagrams represent the effect of dead load
(fixed load) at all point along the axis of the structural member.
It is important to understand the difference between influence line diagram and the shear or moment diagram. Influence line represent the effect of moving load only at a specified loaction on a member, while shear and moment diagrams represent the effect of dead load (fixed load) at all point along the axis of the structural member.
It is also noticed that all statically determinate beams will have influence lines which are linear. Click on the following links to know more about influence line.
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