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Statics: Distributed Load

A distributed load is a force/(unit length). When dealing with distributed load it is best to transform it into a point load. To do this you would have to calculate the area under the curve of the distributed load and you would also need to determine where the point load would occur on the object. Two common types of distributed loads are rectangular distributed loads and triangular distributed loads. Refer to the figures below.

Distributed load (rectangular and trianglular) representation for a statics or strength of materials problem

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