# Flexibility Method Study Notes for Civil Engineering

By Deepanshu Rastogi|Updated : September 13th, 2021

Through Champion Study Plan for GATE Civil Engineering (CE) 2022, we are providing very useful basic notes and other important resources on every topic of each subject. These topic-wise notes are useful for the preparation of various upcoming exams like GATE Civil Engineering(CE) 2022/ IES/ BARC/ ISRO/ VIZAG/ DMRC/ SSC-JE /State Engineering Services examinations and other important upcoming competitive exams.

This article contains fundamental notes on the "Force Methods/Flexibility Method"  topic of the "Structure Analysis" subject.

Through Champion Study Plan for GATE Civil Engineering (CE) 2022, we are providing very useful basic notes and other important resources on every topic of each subject. These topic-wise notes are useful for the preparation of various upcoming exams like GATE Civil Engineering(CE) 2022/ IES/ BARC/ ISRO/ VIZAG/ DMRC/ SSC-JE /State Engineering Services examinations and other important upcoming competitive exams.

This article contains fundamental notes on the "Force Methods/Flexibility Method"  topic of the "Structure Analysis" subject.

## Force Methods/Flexibility Method

### Introduction

• For determinate structures, the force method allows us to find internal forces (using equilibrium i.e. based on Statics) irrespective of the material information. Material (stress-strain) relationships are needed only to calculate deflections.
• However, for indeterminate structures, Statics (equilibrium) alone is not sufficient to conduct structural analysis. Compatibility and material information are essential.
• The flexibility method is based upon the solution of "equilibrium equations and compatibility equations". There will always be as many compatibility equations as redundant. It is called the flexibility method because flexibilities appear in the equations of compatibility. Another name for the method is the force method because forces are the unknown quantities in equations of compatibility.

The force method is used to calculate the response of statically indeterminate structures to loads and/or imposed deformations. The method is based on transforming a given structure into a statically determinate primary system and calculating the magnitude of statically redundant forces required to restore the geometric boundary conditions of the original structure.

The basic steps in the force method are as follows:
(a) Determine the degree of static indeterminacy, n of the structure.
(b) Transform the structure into a statically determinate system by releasing a number of static constraints equal to the degree of static indeterminacy, n. This is accomplished by releasing external support conditions or by creating internal hinges. The system thus formed is called the basic determinate structure.
(c) For a given released constraint j, introduce an unknown redundant force Rf corresponding to the type and direction of the released constraint.
(d) Apply the given loading or imposed deformation to the basic determinate structure. Use suitable method (given in Chapter 4) to calculate displacements at each of the released constraints in the basic determinate structure.
(e) Solve for redundant forces Rf ( j =1 to n ) by imposing the compatibility conditions of the original structure. These conditions transform the basic determinate structure back to the original structure by finding the combination of redundant forces that make displacement at each of the released constraints equal to zero. Types of Force Method/Flexibility Method/Compatibility Methods

2. Method of consistent deformation
3. Three-moment theorem
4. Castigliano's theorem of minimium strain energy
5. Maxwell-Mohr's equation
6. Column Analogy Method

### Strain Energy Method

• Strain energy stored due to axial load dx = Elemental length

AE = Axial rigidity

• Strain energy stored due to bending where, MX = Bending moment at section x-x

ds = Elemental length

El = Flexural rigidity

or E = Modulus of elasticity

l = Moment of inertia

• Strain energy stored due to shear where, q = Shear stress

G = Modulus of rigidity

dv = Elemental volume

• Strain energy stored due to shear force where, AS = Area of shear

S = Shear force

G = Modulus of rigidity

ds = Elemental length

• Strain energy stored due to torsion where, T = Torque acting on circular bar

dx = Elemental length

G = Modulus of rigidity

lP = Polar moment of inertia

• Strain energy stored in terms of maximum shear stress where, Maximum shear stress at the surface of rod under twisting.

G = Modulus of rigidity

V = Volume

• Strain energy stored in hollow circular shaft is, Where, D = External dia of hollow circular shafts

d = Internal dia of hollow circular shaft Maximum shear stress

• Castigliano's first Theorem where, U = Total strain energy

Δ = Displacement in the direction of force P.

θ = Rotation in the direction of moment M.

• Castiglianos Second Theorem ### Betti's Law  where, Pm = Load applied in the direction m.

Pn = Load applied in the direction n.

δmn = Deflection in the direction 'm' due to load applied in the direction 'n'.

δnm = Deflection in the direction 'n' due to load applied in the direction 'm'.

### Maxwells Reciprocal Theorem

δ21 = δ12 where, δ21 = deflection in the direction (2) due to applied load in the direction (1).

δ12 = Deflection in the direction (1) due to applied load in the direction (2).

Some Solved Examples

Example 1

Analyze the continuous beam shown below using the force method. Also, draw the bending moment diagram. EI is constant for entire beam. Sol:

The degree of static indeterminacy = 3–2 =1. The moment at B is taken as redundant R and the basic determinate structure will be then two simply supported beams as shown below  The bending moment diagram of the beam is shown in Figure 4.

Example 2

Find the force in various members of the pin-jointed frame shown in figure below. AE is constant for all members. Sol:

The static indeterminacy of the pin-jointed frame = 1. The vertical reaction at C is taken as unknown force R . The computation of deflection of point C due to applied loading and R are shown in Tables 2 and 3, respectively.    Example 3

Find the expression for the prop reaction in the propped cantilever beam shown in the figure below. Sol:

Let reaction at support A be R . According to the Castigliano's theorem  Example 4

Analyze the continuous beam shown in figure shown beolw by the three moment equation. Draw the shear force and bending moment diagram. Sol:

The simply supported bending moment diagram on AB and AC are shown below. Since supports A and C are simply supported  The bending moment and shear force diagram are shown below in figure. If you aim to crack ESE, GATE & Other PSU Exams then you must try BYJU’S Exam Prep Comprehensive Preparation for ESE and GATE CE Exams

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