The Method of Sections. The method of sections is a process used to solve for the unknown forces acting on members of a truss. The method of sections is usually the fastest and easiest way to determine the unknown forces acting in a specific member of the truss. All of the examples in my textbook state which member is the two force member and wether it is a pulling horizontally or vertically on the pin. Frames Containing Three-Force Members. Frames are pin-connected structures with some or all members are three-force members. To analyze a frame, we can disconnect the three-force member from the structure and draw the free-body diagram of the member. This approach is called the method of members.


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The method involves breaking the truss down into individual sections and analyzing each section as a separate rigid body. The method of sections is usually the fastest and easiest way to determine the unknown forces acting in a specific member of the truss.

Using the Method of Sections: The process used in the method of sections is outlined below: In the beginning it is usually useful to label the method of members in your truss.

This will help you keep everything organized and consistent in method of members analysis. In this book, the members will be labeled with letters.

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The first step in the method of sections is to label method of members member. Treating the entire truss structure as a rigid body, draw a free body diagram, write out the equilibrium equations, and solve for the external reacting forces acting on the truss structure.

This analysis should not differ from the analysis of a single rigid body. Treat the entire truss as a rigid body and solve for method of members reaction forces supporting the truss structure. Next you will imagine cutting your truss into two separate sections.


method of members It should be obvious at this point that there cannot be any net force or moment on the section, if there was the section would move.

In order to find the stress in member A-B it is convenient to isolate the section of the truss as indicated by the image to the left.

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In problems where the method of joints was used, a joint was isolated by cutting surrounding members. Cutting is also used to isolate a section, three of the members of the truss were cut to isolate the section in this example. Because all cut members were part of a truss, all members supported an axial force method of members tension or compression.

Method of members being cut, all members must have the same axial force applied to support the section.

If the diagram you've posted is for a particular problem you're trying to work out, method of members sure to state all of the known information about the problem and what its asking for. I may be able to help more if I know more about the problem.