|Mechanics of Materials
Materials and Their Properties
An important part of the study of mechanics of materials involves the use of experimental methods to classify and quantify the behavioural characteristics that a specific material holds. A good understanding of the nature of any materials which are to be used in any industry is fundamental in the field of engineering.
Civil engineers must be able to relate the response in a material to any loads to which it is subjected since they must take such relationships into consideration every time they design structures, whether large or small.
Beams and shafts are important structural members which are used in the construction of buildings and other engineering structures which demand high levels of resistance to stress caused by bending (Hibbeler, 1997).
Wood is a moderately ductile material that is used commonly in beam or shaft forms, for various purposes relating to the maintenance of structural stability. Hence, the way in which different types of material behave in response to an applied transverse load would prove to be a valuable resource for all individuals in the construction industry.
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