This section examines a method of analysing the bending moment and shear force distribution along a uniformly loaded, simply supported beam. The method used is Macaulay’s and the stages involved in this method are described in detail. The method also determines the position of the maximum bending moment, the slope and deflection at this point.
Poisson’s ratio is the ratio between lateral and axial strain in a directly loaded system. The derivation of standard equations and their further development is shown.