Continuous Beam is composed by a set of independent Excel spreadsheets, each capable to analyse a different beam type.
Continuous Beam can only be used for calculating the bending moment and shear force diagram of a multispanning continuous beam, loaded with universal distributed load. Calculations are carried out automatically using the Moment Redistribution Method. Results are printed in numerical tables and colour graphs.
All the required information can be inputted in the sky-blue cells of the Data sheet. Calculations are carried out in three separate sheets (one for each major type of loading combinations) and exported as a numerical table at the bottom of the sheet.
Note that each span's individual variables includes length, 5 unique loading types, maximum and minimum loading factors for each load, and an additional loading coefficient in case the Marcus method (biaxial load distributions for concrete slabs) is applied.
The solution of all three loading combinations of the model produce an envelope of the bending moments, shear forces and reactions on supports of the beam, assuming all supports are treated us rollers.