Galambos, Theodore V. Department of Civil Engineering, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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A structural member that is fabricated from metal, reinforced or prestressed concrete, wood, fiber-reinforced plastic, or other construction materials and that resists loads perpendicular to its longitudinal axis. A beam's length is usually much larger than its depth or width (Fig. 1). Usually beams are of symmetric cross section; they are designed to bend in this plane of symmetry, which is also the plane of their greatest strength and stiffness. This plane coincides with the plane of the applied loads.
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