MACHINERY'S HANDBOOK EIGHTEENTH EDITION
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The usual method of calculating the moment of inertia of a built-up section involves the calculations
of the moment of inertia for each element of the section about its own neutral axis, and the
transferring of this moment of inertia to the previously found neutral axis of the whole built-up section.
A much simpler method that can be used in the case of any section which can be divided into
rectangular elements bounded by lines parallel and perpendicular to the neutral axis is the so-called
tabular method. (continued below)
This method is illustrated by applying it to the section shown in Fiq.1 and for simplicity of calculation
shown "massed" in Fig.2. The calculation may then be tabulated as shown in the following table. The
distance from the base to the neutral axis x-x is found by dividing the sum of the geometrical moments
by the area. The moment of inertia about the neutral axis is then found in the usual way by subtracting
the area multiplied by d
from the moment of inertia about the base.
- y )
) / 2 b*(h
) / 3
Max. combined ht.
distance from base to the neutral axis ......
d = M/A =
moment of the entire section.....
I = IDE - A
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PROPERTIES of BUILT-UP BEAM & ANGLE SECTIONS
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