On the Proper Boundary Conditions for a Beam

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H. Fan, G. E. O. Widera

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL 60680

J. Appl. Mech 59(4), 915-922 (Dec 01, 1992) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2894061 History: Received January 25, 1991; Revised June 17, 1991; Online March 31, 2008


Employing the asymptotic expansion approach, the boundary conditions of a beam are reconsidered in the present paper. Gregory and Wan’s (1984) decay analysis technique is extended here to formulate the boundary conditions for the outer expansion. Among the various prescribed boundary data, most of the attention is focused on the displacement case because engineering beam theories employ incorrect conditions for these data. Numerical calculations are carried out for the displacement prescribed beam having a circular cross-section.

Copyright © 1992 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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