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Graphics for Engineers, Architects, and Builders. 

A Manual for Designers, and a Text-book for 
Scientific Schools. 

Trusses and Arches. Analyzed and Discussed by 
Graphical Methods. In Three Parts. 

Part I. Roof Trusses. Diagrams for Steady Load, 
Snow, and Wind. 8vo, cloth, $1.25. 

Part II. Bridge Trusses. Single, Continuous, 
and Draw Spans; Single and Multiple Systems; 
Straight and Inclined Chords. 8vo, cloth, $2.50. 

Part III. Arches in 'Wood, Iron, and Stone. For 
Roofs, Bridges, and Wall Openings ; Arched Ribs 
and Braced Arches ; Stresses from Wind and 
Change of Temperature. 8vo, cloth, $2.50. 

Published by the A uthor, at Ann A rbor., Mich, 

Structural Mechanics: The Action of Materials 
Under Stress. A work on the Strength and Resist- 
ance of Materials and the Elements of Structural 
Design. Ann Arbor, Mich., 1897. Printed for the 
author. 8vo, 300 pp., 100 illustrations. Price $3.00. 


®rapl)ics for (Engineers, 3rcl)itcct0, anb i3uUbcr3: 








ROOF-TRUSSES : Diagrams for Steady Load, Snow, and Wind. 

BRIDGE-TRUSSES : Single, Continuous, and Draw Spans ; Sinoi^k 
AND Multiple Systems; Straight and Inclined Chords. 

ARCHES, IN "Wood, Iron, and Stone, for Roofs, Bridges, and Wall- 
Openings ; Arched Ribs and Braced Arches ; Stresses from Wind 
AND Change of Temperature; Stiffened Suspension Bridges. 

Pakt I.— roof-trusses. 





London: CHAPMAN & HALL, Limited. 







V. I 


The use of Graphical Analysis for the solution of problems 
in construction has become of late years very wide-spread. 
The representation to the eye of the forces which exist in the 
several parts of a frame possesses many advantages over their 
determination by calculation. The accuracy of the figures is 
readily tested by numerous checks. Any designer who fairly 
tries the method will be pleased with the simplicity and 
directness of the analysis, even for frames of apparently com- 
plex forms. Those persons who prefer ariihmetical computa- 
tion will find a diagram a useful check on their calculations. 
Being founded on principles absolutely correct, these diagrams 
give results depending for their accuracy on the exactness 
with which the lines have been drawn, and on the scale by 
which they are to be measured. With ordinary care the dif- 
ferent forces may be obtained much more accurately than the 
several parts of the frame can be proportioned. 

It is advisable to draw the figure of the frame to quite a 
large scale, as the lines of the stress diagram are drawn paral- 
lel to the several pieces of the frame. If it is objected by any 
that a slight deviation from the exact directions will materially 
change the lengths of some of the lines, and therefore give 
erroneous results, it may be suggested that just so much 
change in the form of the frame will produce this change in 
the forces ; one is therefore warned where due allowance for 



such deformation should be made by the proper distribution 
of material. The comparison of different types of truss for 
the same locality can be made with ease, and the changes pro- 
duced in all of the forces in any frame by a modification of a 
few of its pieces can be readily shown. By applying each new 
principle to a new form of truss, quite a variety of patterns 
have been treated without an undue multiplication of figures. 
The method of notation used was introduced by Mr. Bow, 
in his "Economics of Construction." The diagrams, as here 
developed, are credited in England to Prof. Clerk-Maxwell, 
and the method is known by his name. The arrangement of 
the subjects, the application of the method, and the minor 
details have been carefully studied by the author. A very 
limited knowledge of Mechanics will enable the reader to 
■snderstand the method of treatment here carried out. 


The reception of this Part at tlie hands of teachers and 
designers, since its first appearance as a reprint of a series of 
articles in " Eiigineering News," has been so hearty and sus- 
tained, that it has been thought best to put Egof-Tkusses in a 
uniform dress and agreement with Bridge-Trusses and Arches. 
The opportunity has been seized to arrange the material in a 
more systematic order, introduce some additional problems, 
and improve, as it is thought, in some matters of detail. 

Quite a modification has been made in the way of regarding 
trusses which exert horizontal thrust, and Chapter YIIL, 
Special Solutions, is new. The solution by reversal of a diag- 
onal has been used in the author's class-room for several years. 
The concluding example of this chapter will afford a good test 
of the reader's mastery of the preceding principles. 

C. E. G. 

Am? Akbor, Mich.. March 11, 1890. 





General Principles. Triangle of Forces ; Notation ; Illustrations, . 1-6 


Trusses '^ith Straight Rafters ; Vertical Forces. Triangular, King- 
post, and Fink Trusses, 7-15 

Trusses for Flat Roofs. Queen-post, "Warren, and Howe Trusses, . 16-21 


"Wind Pressure on Pitched or Gable Roofs. Formula for Wind-pres- 
sure ; Examples with Roller Bearings; Wind on Alt ernite Sides, 23-32 


"Wind Pressure on Curb (or Mansard) and Curved Roofs. Examples 

with and without Rollers, 33-43 


Trusses with Horizontal Thrust. Scissor and Hammer-beam Trusses, 44-49 

Forces not Applied at Joints, 50-52 

Special Solutions. Reversal of Diagonal; Trial and Error; Example, 53-58 




Bending Moment and Moment of Resistance. Equilibrium Polygon ; 
Graphical Solution for Moment of Resistance, .... 59-71 


Load and Details. "Weight of Materials ; Allowable Stresses ; Ties, 

, Struts, Beams, Details, 72-77 




1. Aim of the Book. — It is proposed, in this volume, to 
explain and illustrate a simple method for finding the stresses 
in all of the pieces of such roof or other trusses, under the 
action of a steady load, as permit of an exact analysis ; to 
show how the wind or any oblique force alters the amount of 
the stresses arising from the weight ; to add a device for 
solving some systems of trussing which otherwise appear 
insoluble by the above method ; and to conclude with such 
an explanation of bending moments and moments of resist- 
ance as will make this part reasonably complete for roof 

2. Triangle of Forces. — Taking it for granted that, if two 
forces, acting at a common point, are represented in length 
and direction by the two adjacent sides of a parallelogram c a 
and c n, Fig, 2, their resultant will be equal to the diagonal c b 
of the figure, drawn from the same point, — it follows that a 
force equal to this resultant, and acting in the opposite direc- 
tion, will balance the first two forces. Hence, considering 
one-half of the parallelogram, we have the well-known propo- 
sition that, if three forces in equilibrium act at a single point, 
and a triangle be drawn with sides parallel to the three forces, 
these sides will be proportional in length, by a definite scale, 
to these forces. The forces will also be found to act in order 


round tlie triangle, and must necessarily lie in one plane. If 
the magnitude of one force is known, the other two can be 
readily determined. 

For example : — Let a known weight be suspended from the 
points 1 and 2, Fig. 1, by the cords 1-3, 3-2, and 3-4. Draw 
c b vertically to represent the weight by any convenient scale 
of pounds to the inch. This line will then be parallel to, and 
will equal the tension in 3-4. Draw c a parallel to 1-3, and 
6 a parallel to S-2. Then will the sides of the triangle cha 
represent the forces which act on the point 3, and they will be 
found to follow one another round the triangle, as shown by 
the arrows. 

3. Notation. — A notation will now be introduced which 
will be found very convenient when applied to trusses and 
diagrams. In the frame diagram write a capital letter in 
every space which is cut oflf from the rest of the figure by 
lines, real or imaginary, along which forces act. See Fig. 2 
and following figures. Thus D represents the space within 
the triangular frame, A the space limited by the external 
forces acting at 1 and 2, B the space between the line to 2 
and the line which carries the weight. Then let that piece of 
the frame or that force which lies between any two letters be 
called by those letters ; thus, the upper bar of the triangle is 
AD, the right hand bar is B D, the cord to the point 1 is A C, 
that to the weight, or the weight itself, is C B, etc. In the 
diagrams drawn to determine the magnitude and kind of the 
several forces acting upon or in the frames the corresponding 
small letters wall be used ; thus c b will be the vertical line 
representing the force in C B, & a the tension of the cord B A, 
and ac the pull on 1. 

4. External Forces. — Eeturning to Fig. 1, let us suppose 
that a rigid, triangular frame is made fast to those cords, so 
that, as shown by Fig. 2, the cords are attached to the vertices 
of the triangle, while their directions are undisturbed. It is 
evident that the same stresses still exist in those cords, if 
the frame has no weight, and that the portion of the cords 


within the triangle may be cut away without destroying the 
equilibrium of this combination. Hence we see that the equi- 
librium of this frame is assured, if the directions of these 
cords, or forces external to the frame, meet, if prolonged, at a 
common point. 

The external forces C B, B A and A C, taken in the order 
C B A, or passing around the exterior of the triangle in a direc- 
tion contrary to the movement of the hands of a watch, give 
the triangle of forces c ha, in which c b acting in a known direc- 
tion, i.e. downwards, determines the direction of & a and a c in 
relation to their points of application to the frame, since for 
equilibrium, by § 2, they must follow one another in order 
round the stress triangle. 

5. Stresses in the Frame. — Consider the left-hand ajDex 
of the triangle. This point is in equilibrium under the action 
of three forces, viz., those in A C, C D, and D A, which we read 
around the point in the same order as be/ore ; we found the 
direction and magnitude of A C in the previous section, and 
the inclinations of the other two are known. The three forces 
at this joint must therefore be equal to the three sides of a 
stress triangle, as before. 

Begin with A C, the fully known force, and pass from a to c, 
because that is the direction of the action of the force A C on 
the joint under consideration. Next, from c, draw c d parallel 
to C D, prolonging it until a line from its extremity d, parallel 
to the piece D A, will strike or close on a. The stress c cZ is 
found in C D, and the stress d a exists in D A. The direction 
in which we passed around acd, that is, from c to d, and then 
to a, shows that C D and D A both exert tension on the joint 
where they meet. 

Next take the lowest joint. Kemembering again to take the 
three forces in equilibrium here in the order in which the 
external forces were taken, and commencing with the first 
known one, we go, in the stress diagram, from d to c; because, 
since we have just found that c d represents the pull of C D on 
the left-hand apex of the frame, d c must be the equal and op- 


posite pull of D C on the lowest joint. Next comes c h, along 
wliich we pass doivn, the direction in which the weight acts ; 
and finally we draw from b,bd parallel to the piece B D. This 
last line will close on the point d, if the construction has been 
carefully made, and the direction in which we pass over it, 
from b to d, shows that the piece B D exerts tension on the 
lowest joint. If the reader will now run over the triangle 
dba, which must belong to the right-hand joint, he will see 
that the directions just given are again complied with. 

The reader can invert Fig. 2 ; then the weight will press 
down upon the upper apex of the triangle, and he will find, 
upon drawing the stress diagram, that the three external 
forces are thrusts, and that compression exists in each piece 
of the frame. 

6. Second Illustration: External Forces. — In order to 
make these first principles more plain let us take another 
case. Suppose a triangular frame. Fig. 3, to rest against a 
wall by one angle, to have a weight of known amount sus- 
pended from the outer corner, and to be sustained by a cord 
attached to the third angle and secured to a point 2. Since 
this frame is at rest under the action of three external forces 
which are not parallel, their lines of action must, by § 2, meet 
at one common point ; and since the known directions of two 
of these forces, AC and CB, will meet at 4, if prolonged, the 
force exerted on the frame by the wall at 1 must have the 
direction of the line 1-4. The magnitude and kind of the 
two unknown external forces therefore will be found by the 
following construction, observing the rules of interpretation 
already laid down : — 

Draw ac, vertically down, equal to the known weight and 
force A C ; next, from c, a line parallel to the cord and force 
CB, and prolong it until, from its extremity b, a line may be 
drawn parallel to BA, to strike a. As we went from c to b, 
and from 6 to a, C B must pull on, and B A must thrust against, 
the frame. 

7. Stresses in the Frame. — Take whichever joint is most 


convenient, for instance the one wliere the weight is attached ; 
pass down ac for the external force and then, obser\ing the 
order in which the triangle of external forces was drawn, draw 
cd parallel to C D and da parallel to DA. Since cd, in the 
triangle acd (made up of forces ac,cd, and d a), must represent 
a force acting upwards, C D exerts tension on this joint ; and, 
similarly, d a (not a d) shows that D A thrusts against the same 

Take next the joint at 1. Here the reaction, as before as- 
certained, is h a ; next comes a d, the thrust of the piece A D 
against this joint ; and lastly d h, drawn parallel to D B, to 
close on h the point of beginning, shows that D B also thrusts 
with this amount at 1. 

8. Third Illustration. — Once more, suppose that the tri- 
angular frame, Fig. 4, has a weight attached to its lowest 
angle and that the two other points are supj)orted by inclined 
posts. The forces 1-4 and 2-4 must intersect 3-4 at the same 
point. Draw a b vertically downwards, and equal to the given 
weight ; draw b c jDarallel to 2-4 or B C and c a parallel to 1-4 
or C A. Hence be and ca are thrusts. For the lowest joint, 
after passing down a b for the weight, draw b d parallel to B D 
and d a parallel to D A, thus finding that B D and D A both 
pull on the joint A B, and hence are tension members. As in 
former cases, find d c, which proves to be compression. 

9. General Application. — Since, in Mechanics, the poly- 
gon of forces follows naturally from the triangle of forces, 
being simply a combination of several triangles, the same 
rules will apply when we have to deal with several external 
forces or a number of pieces meeting at one joint. 1°. Draw 
the polygon of external forces for the whole frame, taking 
them in order round the truss, either to the left or right, as 
may seem convenient, 2°. Take any joint where not more 
than two stresses in the pieces are unknown, and draw the 
polygon of forces for it. Treat the pieces and external forces 
which meet at the joint in that order, to the left or right, in 
which the external forces were taken, and begin, if possible, 


witli tlie first kno\vn force, so that tlie two unknown forces will 
be the last two sides of that particular pol^^gon. 3°. The di- 
rection in which any line is passed over, in going round the 
polygon as above directed, shows whether the stress in the 
piece to which that line was drawn parallel acts towards or 
from the joint to which the polygon belongs, and hence is 
compression or tension. The reader must understand this 
lDrinci]3le in order to correctly interpret his diagrams. 

10. Reciprocal Figures. — Prof. Clerk-Maxwell called the 
frame and stress diagrams reciprocal figures ; for, referring to 
the figures already drawn, we see that the forces which meet 
at one point in the frame diagram give us a triangle or closed 
polygon in the stress diagram, and the pieces which make the 
triangular frame have their stresses represented by the lines 
which meet at one point in the stress diagram. The same 
reciprocity will exist in more complex figures, and it is one 
of the checks which we have upon the correctness of our 

The convenience of the notation explained in § 3 depends 
upon the above property. 



11. Triangular Truss; Inclined Reactions. — Suppose 
that the roof represented in Fig. 5 has a certain load jjer foot 
over each rafter, and let the whole weight be denoted by W. 
It is evident that one-half of the load on the rafter C F will 
be supported by the joint B and one-half by the ujDper joint ; 
the same will be true for the rafter D F ; therefore the joint 
B will carr}' ^ W, the upper joint ^ W, and the joint at E ^^ W. 
The additional stress produced in C F by the bending action 
of the load which it carries is not considered at this time, but 
must be noticed and allowed for separately. (See Chap. IX.) 
Taking the external forces in order from right to left over the 
roof, lay off ed, or |-W, vertically, to represent the weight 
E D acting downward at the joint E, nest d c equal to |- W, 
for the weight D C, and lastly c b for the weight at B. Call 
eb the load line. 

Let the two reactions or supporting forces for the present 
be considered as a little inclined from the vertical, as shown 
by the arrows B A and A E. Since the truss is symmetrical 
and symmetrically loaded, the resultant of the load must j)ass 
through the apex of the roof, and, as the two supporting forces 
must meet this resultant at one point, the two reactions must 
be equally inclined. Then, to complete the polygon of ex- 
ternal forces : — as we have drawn ed, dc, and c 6 in order, 
passing over the frame to the left, — draw next b a, ujd from the 
extremity b of the load line, and parallel to the upward reac- 
tion B A ; and lastly a line a e, parallel to the other reaction 
A E, to close on e, the point of beginning. 

12. Triangular Truss : Stresses. — While in this truss we 
might find the stresses at any joint, let us begin at B. Here 



we have equilibrium under the action of four forces, of which 
the two external ones are known. Taking the latter in the 
same order as above, and beginning at c (§ 9, 2°), pass over 
ch downwards and ha upwards; then draw af parallel to 
AF, in such a direction that/c, drawn from /parallel to F C, 
will strike c, the point of beginning. Because we passed from 
a to/, AF will pull on the joint B, and as we then passed 
from/ to c, F C will exert a thrust on B. (It is usual to draw 
a/ from a and /c from c till they meet at/; but to determine 
the kind of stress, one must pass over the lines in the direc- 
tions noted.) 

Passing next to the apex of the roof, and again taking the 
forces in the same order, pass down the line dc for the ex- 
ternal force, thence up to / for the thrust c/ and finally 
draw fd parallel to F D, thus determining the thrust of that 
rafter against the top joint. If this line does not close on d, 
the drawing has not been made with care. As all the stresses 
are now found we need not examine the remaining joint. It 
may again be noted that we pass over a stress line in one 
direction when we analyze the stresses at the joint at one end 
of the piece to which the line is parallel, and in the reverse 
direction when we consider the joint at the other end of the 
same j^iece. 

13. Effect of Inclined Reactions. — If the supporting 
forces had been more inclined from the vertical, the point a, 
of their meeting in the stress diagram, would have been nearer 
/, thus diminishing the tension in A F, but not affecting the 
compression in the rafters. The inclination might be so much 
increased that o, would fall on / when the piece A F would 
have no stress, the thrust of the rafters being balanced with- 
out it. If a fell to the right of / af would be a thrust. 

14. Triangular Truss : Vertical Reactions.— If the two 
reactions are vertical, as will be the case when the roof truss 
is simply placed upon the wall, B A and A E, Fig. 6, will each 
be -1^ W, and the point a will therefore be found at the middle 
of e h. The polygon of external forces has closed up and be- 


come a straight line, but in the analysis it must still be used. 
Thus we pass down ed-\-dc-^cb for the weights at the joints 
and back over ba-\-ae for the reactions. The rest of the 
diagram follows from § 12. 

The diagrams which the reader draws may be inked in black 
and red, one denoting compression, the other tension, or the 
two kinds of stress may be indicated by the signs -j- and — . 

15. King-post Truss. — In the truss of Fig. 7 the rafters are 
supported at points midway between their extremities. Each 
point of junction of two or more pieces is considered a joint 
around which the pieces would be free to turn were they not 
restrained by their connections with other points. Whatever 
stiffness the joint may possess from friction between its parts, 
or from the continuity of a piece, such as a rafter, through the 
joint, is not taken into account, and may add somewhat to the 
strength of the truss. 

In this example, therefore, half of the uniform load on C L 
will be carried at B, and be represented by the arrow B C ; the 
other half together with half of the uniform load on D K will 
make the force C D, and so on, three of the joints carrying 
each one-quarter of the whole load, and the two extreme ones 
one-eighth each. 

On a vertical line lay off gf=^Vl,fe = ed = dc = ^W 
and c & = |- W ; then ba = ag = ^'W, the two supporting forces. 
In the order shown by the arrow, for the joint B we have c b 
external load, b a reaction ; then draw a I, tension, § 9, 3°, par- 
allel to AL and Ic, compression, parallel to LC. At the 
joint C D the unknown forces now are those in L K and K D. 
Begin with the load dc, following with cl, the stress just 
found in C L ; then draw I Jc, compression, parallel to L K, 
and k d, compression, parallel to K D, to close on d. Passing 
next to the joint D E, ed is the load, d k the thrust of D K on 
this joint, k i the tension in K I,* and i e, to close on e, is the 
compression in I E. Take next the joint in the middle of the 

* It will be seen that K I is a tension member or tie, and not a post as would 
be inferred from the name given to this truss by old builders. 


lower tie ; we know i h, k I, and I a ; the next stress lies in 
AH; as we have just arrived at a from I, we must pass back 
horizontally until a line from h parallel to H I \d\\ close on i, the 
point from which we started. The remaining line lif is easily- 
determined by taking either the joint E F or the one at G. 

It will be noticed that, since the truss is symmetrically 
made and loaded, the stress diagram is symmetrical ; k i must 
be bisected by « ? ; dk and e i must intersect on a I. Atten- 
tion to such points ensures the accuracy of the drawing. 

A truss, Fig. 8, is now submitted, which the reader is advised 
to analyze for himself, as a test whether the principles thus far 
explained are clearly understood. 

16. Wooden Truss with Frequent Joints. — The truss 
represented by Fig. 9, a simple extension of Fig. 7, is one well 
adapted for construction in timber, the verticals alone being 
made of iron. It can be used for roofs of large span. In any 
actual case, before beginning to draw the diagram, assume an 
approximate value for the weight of the truss, add so much of 
the weight of the purlins, small rafters, boards and slates, or 
other covering, as is supported by one truss, and divide this 
total weight by the number of equal parts, such as D I or E L, 
in the two rafters. We thus obtain the weight which is sup- 
posed to act at each joint where two pieces of the rafter meet. 
The weight at each abutment joint will be half as much. If 
the rafter is not supported at equidistant points, divide the 
total load by the combined length of both rafters, to obtain the 
load per foot of rafter, and then multiply the load per foot by 
the distance from the middle of one piece of the rafter to the 
middle of the next, to obtain the load on the joint which 
connects them. Numerical values will be introduced in later 

Draw the vertical load line equal to the total weight, and 
beginning with 6 c as the load on B from one-half of C H, 
space off the weights cd, de, etc., in succession, closing at p 
with a half load as at b. The point of di^dsion «, at the 
middle of p b, marks off the two supporting forces p a and a &, 


which close the polygon of external forces. Beginning now 
at B, draw, as heretofore directed, § 9, abcha for this joint. 
The order of these letters gives the directions of the forces on 
the joint B. Then for the joint C D we have h c d i h ; for H K 
we have a h i k a ; for D E we have k i d e I k, etc. Observe 
that, by taking the joints in this order, first the one on the 
rafter, and then the one below it on the tie, we have in each 
case only two unknown forces, out of, at some joints, five 
forces. We repeat, also, the remark that it is expedient, when 
possible, first to pass over all the known forces at any joint, 
taking them in the order observed with the external forces 
when laying off the load line. The rest of the diagram pre- 
sents no difficulty. 

After the stress in N O is obtained, the diagram will begin 
to repeat itself inversely, the stress in O G being equal to that 
in F N. It is therefore unnecessary to draw more than one- 
half of this figure, except for a check on the accuracy of the 
drawing by the intersections which are seen on inspection of 
this diagram. Noting the stresses found in the several poly- 
gons, we see that all the inclined pieces are in compression, 
while the horizontal and vertical members are in tension. 

17. Superfluous Pieces. — Sometimes a vertical rod is in- 
troduced in the first and last triangles, where dotted lines are 
drawn. It is e%'ident that this rod will be of no service if all 
the load is assumed to be concentrated on the joints of the 
rafters, and this fact can be determined from the stress dia- 
gram as well. Thus, taking the joint below H, Fig. 9, we 
have three forces in equilibrium ; begin at a in the stress dia- 
gram and pass to h along the line already found for A H ; then 
we are required to draw a vertical line from h and, from its 
extremity, a horizontal line to close on the point a from which 
we started ; the vertical line therefore can have no length. 
All that this vertical rod can do is to keep the horizontal tie 
from sagging, by sustaining whatever small weight is found 
at its foot. 

Therefore, whenever there are at a joint but three pieces or 


lines along wliich forces can act, and two of these pieces lie 
in one straight line, it follows from the above that the third 
piece must be without stress, and that the first two pieces or 
lines will have the same stress. Thus, L K of Fig. 7 and 
H I of Fig. 9 would have no compression if the external load 
C D were removed. This fact will often prove of ser^ace in 

18. Problem. — Draw the stress diagram for the truss illus- 
trated by Fig. 10, which is supported on a shoulder at the 
wall and by an overhead tie running from the right end. It 
will be convenient to imagine that tie replaced by the inclined 
reaction shown by the arrow at the right, as thus the reaction 
is kept on the right of the load at that joint. The reaction at 
the wall will cut the tie where the resultant of the load cuts 
it ; if the load is uniform over the rafter, that intersection is 
at the middle of the tie. 

Next, try this problem with the two inclined diagonals 
reversed, so as to slant up to the right. Notice the upper 
left-hand joint. Compare the two cases, as to difference in 
magnitude and kind of stress. 

19. Joints where three Forces are Unknown. — It ap- 
pears impracticable to determine the stresses at any joint where 
more than two forces are unknown. In Fig. 9, we could not 
start with the joint C D or at D E ; for we should know only 
the external force or load, and have three unknown stresses to 
find ; therefore our quadrilateral, of wliich one side is known, 
might have the other sides of various lengths, but still parallel 
to the original pieces of the frame. When the joints were 
taken in the order observed this difficulty was not met with. 

When, in some cases, we find three or more apparently un- 
known forces at a joint we may have some knowledge of the 
proportion which exists between one or more of them and a 
known force, and can thus determine the proper length of the 
line in the stress diagram. An example of such a case will be 
given in Fig. 11. In Chapter YIII. will be found a treatment 


that is applicable to certain trusses which otherwise offer diffi- 
culties in solution. 

20. Polonceau or Fink Truss. — Fig. 11 shows a truss 
which is often built in iron. The loads at the several joints 
of the rafters are found by the method prescribed in § 16. 
It will be unnecessary to dwell ujjon the manner of finding 
the stresses at the joints B, C D, and H K, for which the 
stresses will be ch, It a, nk, ki, hi and id. But when we 
attempt to analyze the joint D E, we find that, with the ex- 
ternal load, we have six forces in equilibrium, of which those 
along E M, M L, and L K are unknown. If we try the joint 
L A we find four forces, three of which are at present unknown. 
We are therefore obliged to seek some other way of determin- 
ing one of the stresses. 

It will be seen, upon inspection, that the joint E F is like 
the joint C D ; and it will appear reasonable that X M should 
have an equal stress with I H. We may then expect that 
there must be as much and the same kind of stress exerted by 
M L to keep the foot of the strut N M from moving laterally 
as is found necessary in K I to restrain the foot of I H. 

Returning then to the joint D E, and beginning with k iy 
pass next over i d, then d e, then draw e m, parallel to E M, to 
such a point m, that (ha^-ing drawn m I until its extremity I 
comes in the middle of what will be the space between e m 
and fn, or until m I equals in leng-th i k), the line I k shall close 
on k whence we started. The ties and struts can be readily 
selected by the direction of movement over these lines in 
reference to the joint D E. The remaining joints when taken 
in the usual order of succession offer no difiiculty, and the 
other half of the diagram need not be added, unless one de- 
sires a check on the results. 

This truss will be treated again in § 7-4. 

The polygon which we have just traced, kidemlk, affords 
a good illustration of the rule that the forces which meet at a 
joint make a closed polygon in the stress diagram. The sym- 
metry of the triangles hik and mnl, and their resemblance to 


k 1 0, are wortli noting, and will assist one in drawing diagrams 
for trusses of this type. 

21. Cambering the Lower Tie. — Sometimes it is tliought 
desirable to raise the tie A O, either to give more height be- 
low the truss or to improve its appearance. The effect on the 
stresses of such an alteration is very readily traced, and one 
then can judge how much change it is exj)edieut to make. 
Let it be proposed to raise the portion A O of the tie to the 
position indicated by the dotted line, and thus to introduce 
such changes in the other members that they shall coincide 
with the other dotted lines in Fig. 11, while the load remains 

The line c li for joint B now becomes cli', being prolonged 
until h' a can be drawn parallel to H A in its new position. 
Next come h' i' and i' d; then we easily draw i'k', h'V, I'm', 
m' n', etc. The struts H I, K L, and M N are the only pieces 
in this half of the truss unaffected by the change ; the amount 
of increase, and the serious increase, of the other stresses for 
any considerable elevation of the lower member can be readily 

22. Load on all Joints. — If one prefers to consider that 
a portion of the weight of the truss, or that a floor, ceiling 
or other load is supported at the lower joints, the load 
may be distributed as in Fig. 12. Here the joints Q R and 
R S carry their share of the weight of the pieces which touch 
these joints, as well as such other load as may properly be 
put there. Each supporting force, if the load is symmetrical, 
will still be one-half the total load, but the two will no longer 
divide the load line equally, nor can the load line be at once 
measured off as equal to the total weight. 

Begin, if convenient, with the extremity H of the truss, and 
lay off hi, ik, kl, etc., downwards, ending with op. Passing 
on, around the truss, lay off next the reaction p q upwards, 
equal to one-half the total weight, then q r and r s downwards, 
and finally s h upwards, for the other supporting force, to close 
on h. The polygon of external forces, therefore, doubles back 


on itself as it were, and lip is still the load on the exterior of 
the roof. The diagram can now be drawn, by taking three 
joints on the rafter in succession before trying the joint Q II ; 
when taking that joint remember that there is a load upon it. 
The loads on the horizontal tie cause the stresses in its three 
parts to be drawn as three separate lines, instead of being 
superimposed as in the figures before given. 

A diagram may now be drawn for Fig. 13. The upper part 
of the roof, dotted in the figure, throws its load, through the 
small rafters, on the upper joints of the truss. 

23. Stresses by Calculation — It is evident, from insi:)ection of the pre- 
ceding diagrams, that the stresses may be calculated by means of the 
known inclinations of the parts of the trusses. The degree of accuracy 
with which they can be scaled equals, however, if it does not exceed the 
approximation which designing and actual construction make to the theo- 
retical structure. 

24. Distribution of Load on the Joints. — In Unwin's " Iron Bridges and 
Roofs" the rafter is treated as a beam continuous over three or more 
supports, and the distribution of the load on the several joints is there 
determined by that hypothesis. That such an analysis may be true, it is 
necessary that all the points at which the rafter is supported shall remain 
in definite positions, usually a straight line. As slight deformations 
of the truss and unequal loading of the joints will prevent the realiza- 
tion of that assumption, a division of the load at any point of a rafter or 
other piece so that the joints at its two ends shall be loaded in the inverse 
ratio of the two segments into which the point divides the piece will best 
represent the case. Uniform loads will be distributed easily by § 16. A 
different distribution of the load, however, if one prefers it, will only re- 
quire a corresponding division of the load line. (See Part II., Bridge 
Trusses, Chaps. VIII. and IX.) 




25. Trapezoidal Truss; Equal Loads. — A consideration 
of tlie trapezoidal, or queen-post, truss, rej^resented by Fig. 14, 
will bring out two or three points whicb will be of use in the 
analysis of other trusses. In this case, let us suppose the 
load to be on the lower part, or bottom chord, of the truss. 
In order to separate the supporting forces from the small 
weights on the ends of the truss, and to permit them to come 
consecutively with the other weights in the load line, let us 
draw the supporting forces above the tie, instead of below as 
before. The rectangle formed by the two vertical and two 
horizontal pieces might become distorted ; we will therefore 
introduce the brace H I, represented by the full line. The 
rectangle is thus divided into two triangles and movement pre- 
vented. The dotted line shows a piece which might have been 
introduced in place of the other. 

If the truss is symmetrically loaded, or C D = D E, we shall 
get the first stress diagram. The stress in each vertical is 
here seen to be the load at its foot. The stress in the piece 
H I proves to be zero. If the load had been on the upper 
joints, no stress would have been found in the verticals also. 
(See § 17.) It is evident that a trapezoidal truss, when sym- 
metrically loaded, requires no interior bracing. This fact 
might readily be seen if we considered the form assumed by a 
cord, suspended from two points on a level, and carrying two 
equal weights symmetrically placed. 

26. Trapezoidal Truss; Unequal Loads. — The second 
stress diagram will be drawn when the weight C D is less 
than D E. Let us suppose that b c and ef are of the same 



magnitude as in the first diagram, and let the span of the 
truss, or distance between supports, which we shall denote by 
Z, be di\dded by the joints into three equal parts. The first 
step is to find the suj^porting forces. If each external force 
be multiplied by the perpendicular distance of its line of ac- 
tion from any one assumed point, which distance may be called 
its leverage, and all the products added together, those which 
tend to produce rotation about this point in one direction 
being called plus, and those tending the other way minus, it 
is necessary for equilibrium that the sum of these products 
shall be zero ; otherwise the rotation can take place. A con- 
venient point to which to measure the distances will be one of 
the points of support, for instance the right-hand one. Then 
we shall have 

Ar.Z-rE.Z-ED.tZ-DC.iZ-CB.O + BA.O = 0, 

AF.Z = rE.Z + ED.tZ + DC.i?; 

AF = FE + tED+iDO. 

If E D be taken as 3 D C, 

AF = FE + |ED. 

It will be seen that the object in taking the point or axis at B 
is to eliminate B A, and have only one unknown quantity, A F. 
This method of determination is called taking moments, and is at 
once the simplest and most generally aj)plicable. Lay off the 
above reaction at fa ; a b will be the reaction at the right 
support. One cause of a diagram's failure to close, when drawn 
by a beginner, is carelessness in placing the reactions on the 
load line in the wrong order. 

The point a being now located, we can proceed to draw the 
second diagram. The construction requires no explanation ; 
but we will call attention to the fact that a compressive stress 
here exists in H I. If, in place of the diagonal represented 
by the full line, the one shown by the dotted line is now sup- 
plied, the reader can without difficulty trace out for himself 


the change in the diagram, which is denoted by the dotted 
lines and the letters marked by accents. The stress in this 
diagonal will be seen to be tensile. Changing the diagonal 
reverses its stress. 

It is also worthy of notice that the only pieces affected by 
the substitution of one diagonal for the other are those which 
form the quadrilateral enclosing the diagonals. This fact 
will be of service later. 

27. Use of Two Diagonals.— If, at another time, this ex- 
cess of load might fall on C D in place of D E, the stress on 
either diagonal would be reversed : that is, if it sloped down 
to the right it would be a tie ; if to the left, a strut. As a ten- 
sion diagonal is likely to be a slender iron rod, which is of no 
practical value to resist a thrust, while the compression mem- 
ber, unless made fast at its extremities, will not transmit ten- 
sion, a weight or force which may be shifted from one joint to 
another may require the designer to introduce two diagonals 
in the same rectangle or trapezium, or else to so proportion 
and fasten one diagonal as to withstand either kind of stress. 

Where both diagonals occur the diagram can still be drawn. 
Determine which kind of stress, tension or compression, the 
two shall be designed to resist, and then, when drawing the 
diagram, upon arriving at a particular panel or quadrilateral, 
try to proceed as if only one of the diagonals existed. If a 
contrary kind of stress to the one desired is found to be 
needed, erase the lines for this panel only, and take the other 
diagonal. In the treatment for wind pressure, this method 
becomes serviceable, since the wind may blow on either side of 
the roof. 

This truss can be used for a bridge of short span. 

28. Trusses for Halls. — It is sometimes the case that, in 
covering a large building, it is desired to have the interior 
clear from columns or partitions, while a roof of very slight 
pitch is all that is needed. As it is not expedient to have a 
truss of much depth, since the space occupied by it is not 
generally available for other purposes, one of several types of 


parallel-chord bridge trusses may be employed, for instance 
the " Warren Girder," of Fig. 15, which is an assemblage of 
isosceles triangles. In a j^ublic hall, galleries may be sus- 
pended from the roof, and the weight of a heavy panelled or 
otherwise ornamented ceiling may be added to what the truss 
is ordinarily expected to carry. The depth ma}- be less than 
here drawn, but, for clearness of figure, we have not made the 
truss shallow. 

If the roof pitches both ways from the middle of the span, 
the top chord may conform to the slope, making the truss 
deeper at the middle than at the ends ; l)ut a light frame may 
be placed above, as shown by the dotted lines, and supported 
at each joint of the top chord. The straight-chord truss is 
more easily framed. If the roof pitches slightly transversely 
to the trusses, it will be convenient to make them all of the 
same depth and put on some upper works to give the proper 
slope. The ends of the truss could readily be adapted to a 
mansard roof. 

29. Warren Girder. — In Fig. 15, each top joint is sup- 
posed to be loaded with the weight of its share of roof, in 
which case the joint LM or PQ will have three-quarters of 
the weight on N O or O P, if the roof is carried out to the 
eaves as marked on ihe left ; or practically the same as N O, 
if the roof follows the line I L. The bottom joints are sup- 
posed to carry the weight of the ceiling, and in addition the 
tension of a suspending rod to a gallery on each side. The 
load line will be equal to the weight on the upper part of the 
truss, and the polygon of external forces will overlap, as in 
Fig. 12, previously exj^lained, § 22. We go from k to r, for 
the loads on the exterior in sequence, then up to s for the 
left-hand reaction, then down to lo for the loads on the 
interior, and finally close on k with the right-hand reaction. 

Upon drawing the diagram it -^dll be seen that the stress is 
compression in the top chord and tension in the bottom chord ; 
that the stresses in the chords increase from the supports to 
the middle ; that the stresses in the braces decrease from the 


ends of the truss to the middle, and that alternate ones are in 
compression and in tension, those which slant up from the 
abutment towards the centre being compressed, and those 
which incline in the other direction being in tension. The 
tie-braces are, therefore, A B, C D, F G, and HI. A decrease 
of depth in the truss will increase the stresses iu the chords. 

30. Howe Truss; Determination of Diagonals. — A 
truss with parallel chords may be employed, in which the 
braces are alternately vertical and inclined. The designer 
will choose whether the verticals shall be ties and the diag- 
onals struts, in which case the type is called the "Howe 
Truss," Fig. 16, or the verticals struts and the diagonals ties, 
when it is known as the "Pratt Truss." There is an advan- 
tage in having the struts as short as possible, but, if one 
desires to use but little iron, the Howe is a good form. 

To decide which diagonal of the rectangle shall be occupied 
by the piece : — Start from the wall as a fixed point ; it is evi- 
dent that, to keep the load C D from sinking, C Q must be a 
strut. If we wish to put a tie in this panel, it must lie in the 
other diagonal, shown by the dotted line. CD now being 
held in place, P O as a strut will uphold D E. We thus may 
work out from each wall until we have passed as much load 
as equals the amount supported, or the reaction, at that wall. 
If the last load passed exactly comj)letes the amount required 
to equal the reaction, no diagonal will be required in the next 
panel. We might draw diagonals, one in each panel, sloping 
in either direction as we pleased, and then construct the stress 
diagram. If we found a stress in any diagonal opposite to 
the stress we desired, § 27, we could then erase that diagonal 
and substitute the other, erasing also so much of the diagram 
as referred to the pieces in that panel. Were the chords not 
parallel, this method might be necessary (see Fig. 20), but in 
the present case it is better to draw the load line fi.rst, find the 
dividing point ff, Fig. 16, for the two reactions, see what load 
it cuts, and then incline the diagonals from each wall either 
up or down, as preferred, towards that loaded joint. 


31. Howe Truss ; Diagram. — In the present example C D 
is supj)osed to be four times D E, etc. A tower on that end 
of the truss or some suspended load will account for the dif- 
ference. Eecalling the manner in which the supporting forces 
were found when the load was unsymmetrical, § 2G, use a 
panel as a unit of distance, call a panel length p and the ordi- 
nary weight on a joint lo. Then we shall have, taking moments 
about H, 

w .2)0- +[2 + 3) + 4 ?^ . 4^? + I- li; . 0J5 = R . o^^, or R = 4.9 w, 

the reaction at B, or a h. The two supporting forces will then 
be A a and a h. Draw the stress diagram as usual ; the di- 
agonals will all come in compression as intended, and the 
verticals will be ties. There will plainly be no stress in the 
dotted vertical O N. The stress in the chords is inversely 
proj)ortional to the depth of the truss, and economy of ma- 
terial in the chords will be served by making the depth as 
much as j)ossible, within reasonable limits. In bridge trusses 
this depth is seldom less than from one-sixth to one-eighth of 
the span. 

32. Moving Load. — If the joint D E also might become 
hea^dly loaded, we could draw another diagram for that case, 
and, as the joints in succession had their loads increased, we 
might make as many diagrams. From a collection of dia- 
grams for all positions of a mo^ang load, we could select the 
maximum stress for each piece. A truss designed to resist 
such stresses would answer for a bridge. We should find that 
the greatest stresses in the chords occurred in all panels when 
the bridge was hea^dly loaded throughout, and that the great- 
est stress in a diagonal was found when the bridge was heaAdly 
loaded from this piece to one end only, that end generally 
being the more distant one. As we have more expeditious 
methods of analyzing a bridge truss, this one is not used. 
The graphical treatment of bridge trusses is found in Part XL 
of this work. 



33. Action of Wind. — The forces liitlierto considered have 
been vertical ; the wind jDressure on a roof is inclined. It was 
once usual to deal with the pressure of the wind as a vertical 
load, added to the weight of the roof, snow, etc., and the 
stresses were obtained for the aggregate pressure. This treat- 
ment manifestly cannot be correct. The wind may be taken 
without error as blowing in a horizontal direction ; it exerts its 
greatest pressure when blowing in a direction at right angles 
to the side of a building ; it consequently acts ujDon but one 
side of the roof, loads the truss unsymmetrically, and some- 
times causes stresses of an opposite kind, in parts of the 
frame, from those due to the steady load. Braces which are 
inactive under the latter weight may therefore be necessary 
to resist the force of the wind. 

It will not be right to design the roof to sustain the whole 
force of the wind, considered as horizontal ; nor wdll it be cor- 
rect to decompose this horizontal force into two rectangular 
components, one perpendicular to the roof, and the other 
along its surface, and then take the perpendicular or normal 
comj)onent as the one to be considered ; for the pressure of 
the wind arises from tlie imj)act of particles of air moving 
■with a certain velocity, and these particles are not arrested, 
but only de\dated from their former direction upon striking 
the roof. Yet the analysis aj^plicable to a jet of water striking 
an inclined surface cannot be used here, for water escapes 
laterally against the air, a comparatively unresisting medium, 
while the wind particles, if we may so term them, deflected by 
the roof, are turned off against a stream of similar air, also in 
motion, which retards their lateral progress and thus causes 



them to press more strongly against the roof. We are obliged, 
therefore, to have recourse to experiments for our data, and 
from them to deduce a formula. 

34. Formula for Wind Pressure. — It appears that, for a 
given pressure exerted by a horizontal wind current on any 
square foot of a vertical plane, the pressure against a plane 
inclined to its direction is perj^endicular to the inclined sur- 
face, and is greater than the normal component of the given 
horizontal pressure. Unwin quotes Hutton's experiments as 
showing that, if P equal the horizontal force of the wind on a 
square foot of a vertical plane, the perpendicular or norma] 
pressure on a square foot of a roof surface inclined at an 
angle i to the horizon may be expressed by the empirical 


P sin ^■l•**'=°s'■-^ 

If, then, the maximum force of the wind be taken as 40 
pounds on the square foot, representing a velocity of from 80 
to 90 miles per hour, the normal pressure per square foot on 
surfaces inclined at different angles to the horizon will be : 

Angle of 


Angle of 



5.2 lbs. 


30.1 lbs. 





















For steeper pitches the pressure may be taken as 40 pounds. 

Any component in the plane of the roof, from the friction 
of the air as it passes up along the surface, or from pressure 
against the biitts of the shingles or slates, is too slight to be 
of any consequence. 

Duchemin's formula, with the above notation, 
P . 2 sin' i ^ (1 + sin^ i), 
gives smaller values of normal wind pressure. 

35. Example : Steady Load.— The truss of Fig. 17 is 
supposed to be under the action of wind pressure from the 


left. If the truss is 67 feet span, and the height jj 15 feet, the 
angle of inclination will be 2-1° 7', and the normal wind press- 
ure, interpolated from the table, will be 21.8 pounds per square 
foot. The rafter will be 36.7 feet long. If the trusses are 10 
feet apart, the normal wind pressure on one side will be 

36.7 X 10 X 21.8 = 8000 lbs. 

For steady load of slates, boards, rafters, purlins, and truss, 
let us assume 11 pounds per square foot of roof, or 

36.7 X 10 X 2 X 11 = 8074 lbs., total vertical load. 

The truss is here drawn to a scale of 30 feet to an inch, and 
both diagrams are drawn to a scale of 6000 pounds to an inch. 
In actual practice these figures should be much larger, the 
diagrams showing perhaps 1000 pounds or 800 pounds to an 

We will, in the present case, treat the two kinds of external 
force separately. The diagram on the right for steady load 
needs no description. Each supporting force will be 4037 
pounds, and the weights at the joints of the rafters will be, 
673 pounds for the end ones, and 1346 pounds for each of the 
others. The above weights are laid off on a vertical load line 
and the diagram then drawn. The stresses in the various 
pieces for half of the truss are given in the table to follow, 
the sign -\- denoting compression, and the sign — , tension. 

36. Wind Diagram ; Reactions. — The normal pressure of 
8000 pounds distributed uniformly over the whole of the left 
side of the roof, and on that alone, will have its resultant, shown 
by the dotted arrow, at the middle of that rafter. To find 
the supporting force on the right we may take moments about 
the left-hand wall, remembering to multiply each force by the 
lever arm drawn perpendicular to its direction : or 

AP X HT =8000 X HK, 

AP X 61.15 = 8000 X 18.35; 

■whence A P = 2400 pounds, and A H = 5600 pounds. 


But since these arms, H T and H K, are proportional to the 
span and the left part of the horizontal tie cut off by the re- 
sultant, an easier way to get the supporting pressures due to 
an inclined force is to prolong this force until it cuts the 
horizontal line joining the two abutments, when the two reac- 
tions will be inversely proportional to the two segments into 
which the horizontal line is thus divided, the larger force 
being on the side of the shorter segment, or, for ordinary 
pitches, on the side on which the wind blows. 

The pressures on the joints will be 2667 pounds each on 
IK and KL, and 1333 pounds each on HI and LM, as de- 
noted by the arrows. Draw m h by scale, equal to 8000 
pounds, so inclined as to be in the direction of the given 
forces, that is, perpendicular to the roof ; divide the reactions 
of the supports by means of the point a, and lay off the joint 
forces in their proper order, m ?, / k, k i and / h. Before going 
further be sure that the external forces and the reactions 
follow one another in their proper order, down and up the 
load line ; for, through heedlessness, the reactions are some- 
times interchanged. 

37. Wind Diagram; Stresses. — Proceed with the con 
struction of the diagram by the usual rules, remembering that 
wind alone is being treated. After the joint K L has given 
Ikcdel, the joint EA gives eda/e. Taking next the apex 
L M, and passing along ml,le and e/, we find that there will 
be no line parallel to F G, since g m, parallel to G M, will 
exactly close on m, the point of beginning. As no stress passes 
through F G, the remainder of the bracing on this side can 
experience no stress, and therefore the compression g m affects 
the whole of the right-hand rafter while the tension a/is 
found in the remainder of the horizontal tie. The stress tri- 
angle for the point P will therefore be m g a m. That the 
above result is true will be seen if we notice that the piece 
Q K, having no wind pressure at its upper end, can, by § 17, 
have no stress. Then it follows that ES is now free from 
stress, and next SG and lastly GF, all by § 17. Further: 



imagine all of the braces in the right half to be removed ; it is 
evident that the right rafter is a sufficient support to the joint 
L M, conveying to the wall the stress g m which compresses 
its upper end, while the tie A F keeps the truss from spread- 
ing. If the lower tie or the rafter was not straight, some of 
the braces would come into action, as will be seen later. 

38. Remarks. — At another time the wind may blow on the 
right side. Then the braces on the right will be strained as 
those on the left now are, and those on the left will be un- 
strained. The wind stresses are j)laced in the third column 
of the table. As in this truss they are all of the same kind, 
in the respective j^ieces, as those from the steady load, they 
are added to give the total or maximum stresses. The force 
g m, being smaller than, while it is of the same kind as I e, is of 
no consequence ; for, with wind on the right, M G would have 
to resist a stress equal to I e. 

A combination of the two components of the supporting 
forces at each end, as shown in the figure, by either the 
parallelogram or triangle of force, will give the direction and 
amount of each reaction from the combined load. Wind on 
the other side will exactly reverse the amounts and bring 
them on the opposite side of the vertical line. 

Table of Stresses for Fig. 17. 


steady Load. 



( AB 

- 7520 lbs. 

10,440 lbs. 

17,960 lbs. 

Tie ^AD 

— 6020 



/ AF 

- 4520 







Braces i g^ 

— 1500 



+ 1230 




+ 1840 




+ 8240 



Kafter ^ K C 

+ 7690 




+ 5760 



If the truss is simply placed upon the wall-plates, and 
either of the supporting forces makes a greater angle with the 


vertical than the angle of repose between the two surfaces, 
the truss should be bolted down to the wall ; otherwise there 
will be a teudeucy to slide, diminishing the tension in the tie, 
perhaps causing compression in that member, and changing 
the action of other parts of the truss. This matter will be 
treated of further. 

If the weight of snow is also to be provided for, it may 
readily be done by taking the proper fraction of the stresses 
from the steady load and adding them to the above table. 

39. Truss with Roller Bearing ; Dimensions and Load. 
— We propose, in the example illustrated by Fig. 18, to con- 
sider the truss as supported on a rocker or rollers at the end 
T, where the small circle is drawn, to allow for the ex2Dansion 
and contraction of an iron frame from changes of temperature. 
It is therefore plain that the reaction at T must alwavs be 
practically vertical. The truss is supposed to be 79 feet 8 
inches in span, and 23 feet in height, which gives an angle of 
30° with the horizon, and makes the length of rafter 46 feet. 
It would be proper usually to support the rafter at more 
numerous points; but our diagram would not then be so 
clear, with its small scale, from multiplicity of lines, and one 
can readily extend the method to a truss of more pieces. 

This frame supports 8 feet of roof, and the steady load per 
square foot of roof is taken, including everything, as 14 
pounds. The total vertical load will then be 

14 X 46 X 2 X 8 = 10,304 lbs., 

or 1717 lbs. on each joint except the extreme ones. 

We find, from the table of § 34, that the normal pressure 
of the wind, for a horizontal force of 40 j^ounds on the square 
foot, may be taken as 26.4 pounds per square foot of a roof 
surface inclined at an angle of 30°. The total wind pressure, 
normal to the roof, will therefore be 

26.4 X 46 X 8 = 9715 lbs., 
or 3238 lbs. and 1619 lbs. on the middle and end joints 


respectively' of one rafter. The truss is drawn to a scale of 
40 feet to an inch, and the diagrams to that of 8000 j)ounds 
to an inch. 

40. Diagram for Steady Load. — The diagram for steady 
load, ha\dng a vertical load line, is the one above the truss, 
and a little more than one-half is shown. The only piece at 
all troublesome is G F. On arriving in our analysis at the 
apex of the roof, or at the middle joint of the lower member, 
we find three pieces whose stresses are undetermined : but as 
we have reached the middle of the truss, we know that the 
diagram will be symmetrical, and therefore that gf will be 
bisected b}' a ?. In the case of an unsymmetrical load we can 
recommence at the other point of support and close on the 
apex. The stresses caused by this load are given in the first 
column of figures in the table in § 44, compression being 
marked -j-, and tension — . If it is thought necessary to pro- 
vide for snow, in addition to the stresses yet to be found for 
wind, make another column in the table, of amounts properly 
proportioned to those just found. 

41. Wind on the Left; Reactions. — Upon turning our 
attention to the other diagrams, we shall find that the rollers 
at T cause something more than a reversal of diagram, — often 
a considerable variation of stress, when the wind is on differ- 
ent sides of the roof. Taking the wind as blowing from the 
left, we draw the diagram marked W. L. The line qm, 9715 
lbs., § 39, is di^dded and lettered as shown for the four loads 
at the joints where arrows are drawn. The resultant of the 
wind pressure, at the middle point of the rafter, when pro- 
longed by the dotted arrow, will divide the horizontal line or 
span in the proportion in which the load line should be 
divided to give the two parallel reactions, if there were no 
rollers at T. This proportion, for a pitch of 30°, is 2 to 1 ; it 
locates the point a', and gives ma' = 64:77 lbs., and a' q = 
3238 lbs. 

But the reaction at T must be vertical, and consequently 
only the vertical component of a' q can be found at T, while 


the horizontal component of a' q must come, through the lower 
member, from the resistance of the other wall. Therefore 
draw a' a horizontally and . we shall get a q as the vertical 
reaction at T, while ma, to close this triangle of external 
forces, must give the direction and amount of the reaction 

42. Verification. — It may, at first sight, strike the reader 
that this analysis will not be correct ; for, if only the vertical 
component is resisted at T, and if we decompose the resultant 
of the wind pressure at O, where it strikes the roof, into two 
components, we get results as follows : 

Vert. comp. of 9715 lbs., for angle 30° = 8414 lbs. 
Hor. " " " " " =4858 lbs. 

The vertical from the middle point of the rafter will divide 
the span at \ M T. Therefore, amount of vertical component 
carried at T = 2103 lbs., and the remainder is supported at M, 
with all of the horizontal component. But take next into 
account the moment, or the tendency of the horizontal com- 
ponent at O to cause the truss to overturn. It naturally 
decreases the pressure at M and increases that at T, or, in 
other words, the couple formed by the horizontal component 
at O and the equal horizontal reaction at M with an arm of 
half the height of the truss must be balanced by an opposite 
couple, com23osed of a tension at M and an equal compression 
at T, with a leverage of the span. Making the computation 
of this tension, or compression T, we have 

4858 X 11.5 = T X 79f, or T = 702 lbs. 
2103 + 702 = 2805 = i of 8414 lbs. 

as obtained by the first process. 

Still another way to find the supporting forces is to prolong 
the resultant until it intersects the vertical through T, then to 
draw a line from M to the point of intersection, and finally to 
draw ma and qa parallel to the lines from M and T. This 
method depends for its truth on the fact that the three external 



forces wliicli keep tlie truss in equilibrium, not being parallel 
must meet in one point. 

43. Diagram for Wind on Left. — Ha^-ing completed the 
triangle of external forces, and laid off tlie pressures on tlie 
joints, we can readily draw tlie diagram. It will be found, as 
in Fig. 17, § 37, that braces on the right experience no stress, 
the lines gf and e q closing the polygon which relates to the 
joint P Q. If the lower tie were cambered to the joint D C, 
we should find a stress from wind in E F and C D, but not in 
B C or C E, as explained in § 37. 

Upon combining with the inclined reaction m a the steady 
load reaction also marked m a, the direction of the resultant 
supporting force at M will be found ; and it may be so much 
inclined to the vertical that provision against sliding on the 
wall-plate at M should be made. The stresses given by this 
diagram for wind on the left are found in the table to follow, 
in the column marked W. L, It will be seen that all of them 
agree in Jiincl with those for steady load. 

44 Diagram for Wind on Right. — This diagram is 
marked W. Ft. The supporting force at.T, while still vertical, 

Table of Stresses 

FOR Fig. 18. 


steady Load. 

W. L. 

W. R. 


+ 8570 lbs. 

5600 lbs. 

8480 lbs. 

+ 6850 



Rafters J ?J9 

+ 5700 



J-VCtrJ-L^i. O T T3 

+ 5700 




+ 6850 




+ 8570 




- 7440 


Tip J H A 

^^^ Ida 

- 5450 


- 5450 




— 7440 




+ 1720 



+ 1520 



— 1000 


Braces - 


- 2300 




- 1000 



+ 1520 



+ 1720 



is greater in amount than before. If diagram W. L. has been 
already constructed, the reaction at T can be taken as that 
portion of the vertical component of the wind pressure not 
included in a g of that figure ; that is, aq-\-ta = vertical 
component of qm or pt. If this should be the first diagram 
drawn, find the supporting forces in one of the three ways 
given above. The reaction at M is rightly denoted by ap, for, 
when the wind is on the right, there is no external force to 
di^dde the space from M to P. 

The point a is moved considerably from its place in diagram 
W. L., and this change affects the amounts of stress in the 
horizontal member, but not in those pieces which bear similar 
relations to the two sides of the truss ; in other words, I P and 
E Q interchange stresses, etc. In some forms of truss, how- 
ever, we find more material changes. In the present example 
it happens that the vertical fg strikes the point a, so that ip, 
the stress in the rafter, coincides with ap, the reaction at M ; 
the wind on the right consequently causes no stress in L A 
and H A. The stresses from this diagram are found in the 
last column of the table. 

45. Remarks. — There is no need to tabulate the stress in 
K H, if that in I G is given, nor gh, ii k i is given. Notice 
that the joint K G or C F gives a parallelogram in each 
diagram, the stress in K I passing to G H without change, so 
that the diagonals which cross may be considered and built 
as independent pieces. It will be seen on inspection of the 
table that the combination of steady load with wind on the 
left gives maximum stresses in I P, K O, L N, L A, HA, T> A, 
G I, IK, and K L, while the remainder, with the exception of 
F G, have maximum stresses for wind on the right. F G is 
strained alike in both cases. 

These wind diagrams may be drawn on either side of the 
line of wind force, as in the case of steady load, by changing 
the order in which the supporting forces are taken, going 
round the truss and joints in the opposite direction. 
Although there exist two four-sided spaces C and K, the 


structure is sufficiently braced against distortion ; for these 
spaces are surrounded by triangles on all sides but one. 

It may perhaps not be amiss to suggest again how to deter- 
mine the kind of stress in any member without retracing the 
whole polygon for any joint. Notice, from the load line, 
whether the forces were taken in right-hand or left-hand rota- 
tion. Read the letters of a piece in that order with reference 
to the joint at one end of it ; then read the stress in the 
diagram in that same order, and it will show the direction of 
the stress in the piece, either to or from that joint. Thus 
diagram W. L. is written in left-hand rotation ; K L is then 
the reading for that brace at its loioer end, and k I reads down- 
ward or is thrust. If we read L K, it must apply to its upper 
end, and I k acts upwards or thrusts against the joint near N. 

Wind diagrams for the truss of Fig. 21 can now be drawn. 
The apex of the roof can be treated first, and the stresses, 
obtained in the dotted lines, can then be transferred to the 
ends of the upper horizontal member. The truss proper goes 
no higher. 



46. Truss for Curb Roof; Steady Load Diagram. — To 

have a definite problem we will assume that the truss of 
Fig. 19, drawn to scale of 20 feet to an inch, is 50 feet in span, 
that the height to ridge is 20 feet, to hi23S 14| feet, and that 
C D is 14 feet. The sides K B and G E are practically 16f 
feet long, at an angle of 60° with the horizon, so that their 
horizontal projection is 8^ feet. The upper rafters are 17^ 
feet long, and therefore make an angle with the horizon of 
18° 19'. The trusses are assumed to be 8 feet apart, and are 
loaded at the joints only. The rafters in a larger truss would 
commonly be supported at intermediate points ; but more 
lines would make our diagrams less plain. 

The steady load is taken at 12 pounds per square foot of 
roof surface, or 

(2 X 16t + 3 X 17j)13 X 8 = 6560 lbs., total load. 

The joint L will carry one-half the load on KB, or 800 
pounds ; the joint I K will carry one-half the load on K B and 
one-half of that on I C, or 800 + 840 = 1640 pounds ; IH = 840 
-|- 840 = 1680 pounds, etc. These weights are laid off, in the 
diagram marked S. L., from I to / by a scale of 4000 pounds 
to an inch, and the diagram is drawn. It shows that the 
rafters are in compression, marked -\-, and all the braces in 
tension, marked — . 

47. Snow Diagram. — In treating this truss for snow load, 
it is considered that K B and E G are too steep for any weight 
of snow to accumulate there, as whatever fell on them would 



soon slide off. Therefore a weiglit of 12 pounds per horizon- 
tal square foot, for the upper rafters only, is taken for the 
maximum snow load, and, as the horizontal projection of 
I C + D H is 331 feet, that load will be 

12 X 33i X 8 = 3200 lbs., 

laid off from k to g, in the diagram marked S. The end por- 
tions, Jc i and h g, are each 800 pounds, and i h is 1600 pounds. 
The division into two equal reactions at the points of support 
gives a. This diagram much resembles the other, but there 
is one point worth noticing; the lines of stress, ic and Jid, 
cross in the first diagram, but do not in the second ; while the 
reverse is the case with ed and be. The result is that the 
stress of C D is reversed by the maximum snow load, and, as 
this stress is greater in amount than the one for the weight of 
roof and truss, C D will be a compression member whenever 
such a load of snow falls on the roof ; and will be in tension 
when that load is removed. The stresses from these two 
diagrams are marked on the truss above each piece on its left 
with the usual signs. This strain sheet is more convenient 
than the table of § 44. 

48. Wind from the Left ; No Roller. — When the rafters 
do not slope directly from the ridge to the eaves, but are 
broken into tAvo or more planes of descent, we shall have 
wind pressures of different directions and intensities on the 
two portions, I C and K B. From the table of wind pressures, 
§ 34, we see that the intensity of pressure on K B will be 40 
pounds, and on I C 16.9 pounds, normally, per square foot of 
roof. The total pressure on KB therefore will be 40 X 16f 
X 8 = 5333 pounds, of which one-half will be supported at 
the joint L, and the other half at the joint J, as indicated by 
the two arrows perpendicular to K B. The pressure on I C 
will be 16.9 X 17^ X 8 = 2366 pounds, or 1183 pounds on 
each joint. 

If the truss has no rollers under it, the diagram marked 
W. L., I. is obtained. On a scale of 4000 pounds to an inch, 


hi = ij = 1183 pounds ; j k = kl = 2667 pounds. For ij and 
jk may be substituted ik,ii desired, the resultant of these 
two components at J. 

To find the supporting forces : — Prolong the resultants of 
the wind pressure from the middle point of each rafter to 
intersect the span L F. The resultant K will be resisted at 
L and F by two reactions parallel to it, and inversely propor- 
tional to the two segments into which this resultant divides 
L F, as shown in § 36. The same will be true for the result- 
ant I. By scale, or from the known angles, it will be found 
that resultant K cuts L F at 16f feet, or one-third the span, 
from L, and that resultant I cuts it at 22.4: feet from the same 
end. Dividing jl at ^ its length, we have la' for one com- 
ponent of the reaction at L and a'j for one component of the 

22 4 
reaction at F. If we divide lij at — -'- of its length, y a" will 


be a component of the supporting force at L, and a"li at F. 
By drawing the parallelogram a'j a" a we shall bring the com- 
ponent reactions for each wall together, and shall have, for 
the supporting force at L, or LA, la' and a' a, or their result- 
ant I a ; and for that at F, a a" and a"h, which combined give 
a Jl, properly called A H in the truss, since the letters from F 
to H are not in use at present. Take care to lay off the com- 
ponent reactions on the proper ends of the wind-pressure 

The polygon of external forces, when there is no roller 
under the truss, is therefore h i, i k, kl,l a, and a h. The com- 
pletion of the diagram, by drawing lines parallel to the several 
pieces, will be easy without further explanation. That the 
point e should apparently fall on i k is accidental. The signs 
affixed to the lines will enable one to see readily that the 
stresses in B C and E A are now reversed, the pressure I K 
obliging us to use a strut to keep that joint in place. The 
resultant, however, from the combined stresses in E A is still 
tension. The amounts given by diagram W. L., I. have not 
been placed on the truss, as we prefer to treat it from another 


point of view. Had tliey been used, it would be unnecessary 
to draw a diagram for wind on the right, for the different 
members of the truss would exchange stresses symmetrically ; 
that is, AB would have the stress of EA, and E A that of 
A B ; D H of C I, etc., C D remaining the same. 

49. Wind from the Left; Roller at Left. — If rollers 
are placed at L, to permit of movement resulting from change 
of temperature, the supporting forces will be modified, LA 
becoming vertical. The diagram marked W. L., II. shows the 
effect of this change. So far as drawing the lines of wind 
pressure liijkl, the polygon of external forces will be 
obtained in the same manner as before. We may then draw 
the parallelogram and locate the point here marked a' ; then 
draw a' a horizontally, and we shall get I a, the vertical reac- 
tion at L, equal to the vertical component of Za of the figure 
just j)receding. 

In case the former diagram has not been drawn, a readier 
way to determine I a will be as follows : — Draw li I, plainly the 
resultant of hj and jl; then, having prolonged the dotted 
arrows at I and K until they meet, draw a line, parallel to hi, 
through their intersection. This line will give the position 
of the resultant of the wind pressures, and I h is now to be 
divided in the inverse ratio of the two segments into which the 
resultant divides the span LF. The point of division will 
fall at a", from which draw horizontally a"a, and the reac- 
tion I a is thus determined. This method will not answer for 
finding the supporting forces if they are both inclined, as it 
will make L A and A H parallel to one another. The reac- 
tion at L being I a, the one at F is a h, requiring the resistance 
at F of the entire horizontal component of the wind pressure. 

A comparison of the two W. L. diagrams will show that the 
stress in every piece is changed very decidedly in amount, 
and that in a number of pieces the stresses are reversed by 
rollers at L. These latter stresses are marked on the truss, 
at the right of each piece. 


50. Wind from the Right. — When the wind blows from 
the right, the diagram marked W. K. will be obtained. The 
lines ihgf, representing the wind j^ressures, will correspond 
in value with hikl of the preceding figure, and, since the other 
diagram has been constructed, the vertical reaction at L will 
now be obtained by drawing the horizontal line a' a, from either 
the angle of the parallelogram or the j^roper point of division 
of the resultant if, so as to give a i, the smaller part of the 
vertical component of the wind pressure ; that, is I a from W. 
L., IL, plus a {from W. K., equals the vertical projection of 
the polygon of external forces. 

51. Results. — When this diagram is completed by the 
customary rules, a comj^arison of it with the one preceding 
will make clear the effect of wind on different sides. The. 
stress in the rafters is much greater when the wind blows on 
the side farther from the rollers, but it is always comj)ressive. 
The forces in the braces are all reversed. 

The weight of the roof and truss may be the only external 
force, or snow may be added ; and, in either case, the wind 
may also blow on one side or the other. Selecting then those 
stresses which may exist together, we find the maximum tension 
and compression marked below each piece. The rafters 
are always compressed, and A B is always in tension. The 
other pieces must be designed to resist both kinds of stress, 
although the compression in D E is quite insignificant. 

52. Curved Roof Truss : Example. — If the truss has a 
curved exterior outline, the pressure of the wind will make a 
different angle wdth the horizon for every point. But there 
will be no sensible error if the pressure on each piece is as- 
sumed to be normal to the curve at its middle point, or, what 
is practically the same thing, perpendicular to the straight 
line joining its two extremities. Thus, in the truss of Fig. 20, 
the wind pressure on C T is taken as perpendicular to a 
straight line from B to the next joint in the rafter. 

The span of this truss, drawn on a scale of 30 feet to an 
inch, is 60 feet ; height at middle of rafters 15 feet, at middle 


of main tie 6 feet. The curves are arcs of circles, the radii of 
the uj)per and lower members being respectively 37^ feet and 
78 feet. The rafters are spaced off at intervals of 11^ feet 
each way from the middle, and the tie is di^ided into 10^ feet 
lengths. The end portions will diifer slightly from these 
measures. The trusses are to be 10 feet apart. From the 
data, radius 37^ feet, and half-chord or sine 5| feet, it is easy 
to calculate that the chord of the first piece of rafter from the 
middle will make an angle with the horizon of 8° 49^'. The 
second piece will be inclined three times as much, or 26° 28', 
and the last five times as much, or 44° 6'. The intensity of 
normal wind pressure will then be, when interpolated in the 
table, § 34, 8.6 pounds per square foot for the upper length, 
23.7 pounds for the next length, and 35.6 pounds for the low- 
est piece. Multiplying these intensities by 11|- X 10, we get 
989 ]30unds, 2725 pounds, and 4094 pounds, respectively, repre- 
sented by the small arrows, as if concentrated at the middle 
points of E, D, and C. The steady load is taken at a small 
figure, 2300 pounds per piece of rafter, to allow the disturbing 
effect of the wind to be more marked. 

The diagonals in this truss are light iron rods, not adapted 
to resist compression, and therefore, if a compressive stress 
would occur in a particular diagonal, in case it were alone in a 
panel, we substitute the other diagonal, which will then be in 
tension. In lettering the figure, that tie which is required for 
a particular distribution of load is supposed to be present, 
and the other diagonal is not taken account of. Thus, in the 
panel through which the dotted arrow is drawn, if the brace 
which goes from the top of O P to the bottom of Q R is under 
stress, it will be called P Q, while the rafter will be Q E and 
the bottom tie PA. If the other diagonal is strained, the 
rafter will be called P E and the main tie Q A. 

53. Steady-Load Diagram. — The diagram for weight of 
roof and truss is drawn on a scale of 8000 pounds to an inch. 
The vertical load line is i b, and the polygon for the point of 
support ^ is cb ate. On passing to the next joint in the top 


or bottom member we find three pieces "wliose stresses are 
unknown. Both diagonals R S cannot be in action as ties at 
once ; therefore suppress one, for instance that which runs to 
the upper end of S T. We then shall have only two unknown 
stresses at the upper joint, and can draw t s' and s' d. The 
lower joint will then give s't, ta, ar', and r's'. But r's' will 
be a compressive stress, as we read from r' to s\ and this 
diagonal is not the desired one. Taking the other, and trjdng 
the lower joint first, we have t ast, and the uj^per joint then 
gives dctsrd, where sr is tension. Notice that change of 
diagonal aflfects the stresses in no pieces beyond those which 
bound the quadrilateral or panel in which the diagonal is 
changed. Analogy will rightly lead us to take the other diag- 
onals which slope the same way, that is, down towards the 
middle. It is therefore easy, after the first attempt, to decide 
which diagonal to reject and which to retain. 

54. Remarks. — If d r had been slightly more inclined, so as 
to strike s, no diagonal B S would have been reqiiired for this 
distribution of load. It will be seen that the stresses, all tensile, 
in the bracing are very small as compared with those in the 
main members, a fact due to the approximation of the rafter 
outline to the equilibrium curve or polygon for a load dis- 
tributed as in this case. See § 88. If the outline of a truss 
coincides with the equilibrium polygon pertaining to a certain 
distribution of load, no interior bracing will theoretically be 
needed for such distribution ; but if the distribution or direc- 
tion of the external forces is at any time changed, bracing 
will be called into action. Further discussion of this subject 
comes in Parts II. and III. 

The length of hk, etc., as compared with H K, etc., shows 
the necessity of drawing the truss skeleton on a large scale, 
to secure parallelism of the respective lines in each figure. 
As a slight change in the inclinations of the rafter and lower 
tie lines will change the magnitude of the stresses in those 
pieces quite materially, we are warned by the appearance of 
the diagram to provide, by an increase in size of these pieces, 


against such a cliange in the truss as would be caused by 
slight errors in construction or by deflection under the load. 
Stress diagrams are particularly serviceable in this way. 

55. Wind and Steady Load. — We might analyze the effect 
of the wind separately upon the truss, but, as there is a 
likelihood that the wind will reverse the stress in some of the 
diagonals which experience tension from the steady load, and 
that we shall be obliged, therefore, to substitute the other 
diagonals in such panels, it seems better to draw the diagram 
for the wind and the weight of the roof in conjunction. 
Therefore the two diagrams marked W. R. and W. L. are 
drawn for the maximum force of wind on either side, com- 
bined with the weight of the roof, etc. The external load line 
hi of one case is the exact reverse of ih of the other. An 
explanation of the construction of W. R. will suffice for both. 

When the wind blows from the right, there is only the 
steady load on the left half of the truss. Beginning therefore 
with the joint at I, lay off vertically hi = 1150 pounds, or 
one-half the load on H K ; next gh = 2300 pounds, load at 
G H, and so on to F E, as in the steady-load diagram already 
discussed. At FE we find, in addition to 2300 pounds verti- 
cal pressure, an inclined force perpendicular to the tangent 
at E, or to the chord of the piece, and equal to one-half of 989 
pounds, the wind pressure before computed for E. We thus 
get the inclined line as far as e in the diagram. The joint 
DE gives de, manifestly made up of the other half of 989 
pounds, of the vertical 2300 pounds as usual, and finally of 
one-half of 2725 pounds from the next length of rafter, and 
perpendicular to it. The forces for the remaining joints C D 
and B C will be plotted in the same manner, and we therefore 
see that, commencing at B, as is proper for this load line, we 
lay off the vertical and inclined forces in regular succession 
from one side of the truss to the other. If one draws a 
straight line from c to d, it will be the resultant of the com- 
bined external forces at C D. 


56. Reactions and Diagrams. — Connect 6 with i by the 
dotted line, which will be the resultant of all these forces. 
As the resultant of the dead weight, symmetrically distributed, 
acts in the line of the vertical O P, and hence through the 
centre of curvature of the rafters, and as the wind pressures 
all point to the same centre of the circle, the resultant, 
parallel to bi, must pass through the same point. Therefore 
draw the dotted arrow through the centre from which the 
rafter was struck, and parallel to hi. This arrow cuts the span 
B I, by measurement, at 25\ feet from B, or 34f feet from I, 
The resultant bi scales 20,620 pounds. If the sup23ortirjg 
force at B were parallel to this resultant, it would be found 
by taking moments about I, when we should have 

Bx60 = 20,620 x34f; or B = 11,943 lbs. 

Lay off this force from b to a'. If rollers are placed at B, 
that reaction will be vertical, and the horizontal component 
of a' b must be resisted at I. Let fall b a vertically, determin- 
ing the point a by drawing a' a horizontally, and connect i 
with a. The two supporting forces will be ia and ab. 

In the W. L, diagram the point a' comes nearer to b than to 
i, — that is, the quantity just obtained now applies to the 
point of support I, — and a falls very near to, but just outside 
of /, in the prolongation of the vertical line. 

If there are no rollers under the truss, find the supporting 
forces for each oblique pressure separately, as in § 48. The 
same course must be pursued when the curve of the rafters 
is not circular, as the forces will not then meet at a common 
centre. Having thus completed, in either case, the polygon 
of external forces, the remainder of the construction will be 
made as in any example. After the first trial to ascertain the 
proper diagonal, it appears that, in each case, the diagonals 
all slant one way ; so that, for wind on one side, one set of 
diagonals is in tension, and for wind on the other, all of the 
other set are strained. 


57. Change of Diagonal. — The effect on the five pieces of 
a panel, top, bottom, two sides and the diagonal, of drawing 
the diagram so as to give compression in a diagonal, is shown 
anew in the W. L. figure for the panel P Q. Instead of op and 
qr, we get op' and q'r, considerably increased in amount but 
the same in kind ; for ep and aq are substituted eq' and ap'y 
unchanged in kind, but having practically what is taken from 
one added to the other ; while the diagonal stress is, as we 
said, reversed, but very nearly the same in amount. 

It might be practicable to deduce some rule for determining 
"beforehand the diagonal which would have the desired kind 
of stress, but the tentative process seems easy. We find it 
convenient to draw the lines j^arallel to the rafter and main 
tie first, as ep and ap' , then to sketch roughly two lines for 
the suspending piece and diagonal, see whether that diagonal 
comes in tension, and finally draw the right ones carefully. 

58. Resultant Stresses. — It is not necessary to put the 
signs -f- and — on these lines, for it may be seen that all the 
rafter is compressed, the whole lower member extended, and 
all of the diagonals are in tension, as well as all the suspend- 
ing pieces except O P and Q R, which are compressed a trifle 
when the maximum wind comes from the right. Such pieces 
are easily selected, if one notices that op and g r in the W. R. 
diagram are drawn in a direction oi:)posite to the j)revailing 

The stresses are given in the following table. The lengths 
of rafter are denoted by a single letter. The pieces of the 
main tie, having the letter A in common, have also the letters 
which stand before the stresses in the proper columns. The 
inclination of the diagonal is shown by the sign prefixed to 
the stress. The effect of the wind on the roller side is to 
materially reduce the stress in a large portion of the main tie. 
The light bracing required is a marked feature of this type of 
truss, and the predominance of tensile members favors the use 
of iron bars. The two compressions, marked -j-, are too in- 
significant to require an increase of section. 


Table of Stresses for Fig. 20. 



S. L. 

W. R. 

W. L. 













Rafters - 
























K 5,500 






L 5,500 




Mam Tie A - 



N 7,200 





P 9,000 






R 10,900 







T 12,800 






\ 1,800 

/ 1,800 

1 >-Q 

Diagonals... -i pQ 


















Suspenders. ^ OP 


+ 100 



1 QR 

1,000 ■ 

+ 50 








If the designer proposes to proportion tlie pieces with re- 
gard to minimum as well as maximum stresses, he can readily 
select the former from the table. 

If a fall of snow is supposed to be uniformly distributed 
over the roof, the increased action of the several pieces can 
be easily obtained by proportion from column S. L. But, if 
it is thought that the inclination of the portions near C and H 
is too great to permit of snow accumulating there, a diagram 
for snow should be drawn. The horizontal projection of a 
piece of the rafter is properly taken when reckoning a snow 

We think the reader will have no difficulty in drawing dia- 
grams for a truss of similar outline, but with only a system 
of simple triangular bracing. 



59. Scissor Truss.— Wlien it is desired to strengtlien the 
rafters in a roof of moderate span by supporting them at their 
middle points, a simple means, often employed, is to spike on 
a piece from the lower end of one rafter to the middle of the 
other, as shown in Fig. 22. The two pieces may or may not 
be fastened together where they cross. At the first glance 
we should say that, to draw the diagram, we must lay off the 
load line ke, di^dde it as usual, and then, beginning at the 
joint E, draw a'h' and h'f, parallel to AB and BE. Next, for 
the joint F G, we should get the lines h'c' and c'g. For the 
apex we should have three lines, viz., h g, g c\ and a line from 
c' parallel to C H to strike h. There is evidently something 
wrong here. If we start from the other point of support K, 
we obtain the remainder of the diagram in dotted lines, and 
find that we have two points marked c', some distance apart, 
which ought to come together ; we also have two conspiring 
forces, gc' and he', whose vertical components ought to bal- 
ance hg. 

Abandoning this diagram for the present, let us start at the 
apex of the roof, where we may feel sure that there are but 
two unknown forces. Taking the load h g at that point, draw 
the full lines gfc and cli. Next for the joint GF, starting with 
c g, pass down (//and draw/6 and h c. The joint H I will simi- 
larly give the figure ihcdi. Lastly, the joint AC will add ba 
and ad to the stresses d c ancl c b. To close the polygon for 
the joint E we must now supply to a bfe the line e o, which 
must be the inclined reaction at E, required to keep this truss 



frtjm sliding outwards ou the wall-plates, on the supposition 
that the points of meeting of two or more pieces are true joints 
(ones about which the parts are free to turn). As e a may be 
decomposed into ea' and a' a, the force a' a is called the hori- 
zontal thrust of the truss, which may be resisted by the wall 
or by a tie-rod from E to K. The pieces of this truss are all 
in compression. 

60. Horizontal Thrust or an Additional Member 
Necessary. — That the truss is not in equilibrium without 
this inclined or horizontal reaction at the walls is seen, if we 
suppose that E and K are not prevented from sliding later- 
ally ; the joint A C will drop, the joints F G and H I will 
approach one another, and the angle at the apex will become 
sharper. This change will take place unless the above or 
some other restraining force is applied. The trouble arises 
from the four-sided space C, which is here free to change its 
form. A member added in either diagonal of this space will 
cure the evil. One from the apex to the joint C A will plainly 
act as a tie, and will be found to supply the missing line c'c' 
in the dotted diagram iirst drawn. From this diagram we see 
that the stresses in most of the pieces will then be greater 
than when the resistance comes from the wall. A strut 
between the joints F G and H I will also make the truss 
secure ; the reader can try such a diagram, and see what 
pieces have their stresses reversed by the change. Either of 
the above modifications puts the truss into the class having 
vertical reactions. 

61. Remarks. — As these trusses are usually made, reliance 
against change of form, where little or no horizontal thrust 
is supplied by the walls, is placed upon the stiffness of the 
rafters, which are of one piece from ridge to eaves, and on 
that of the two braces ; but a failure to get a good horizontal 
resistance from the walls has sometimes resulted in an 
unsightly sagging or springing of rafters and braces. The 
bending moments on these pieces are due to the horizontal 


tlirust. Bending moments on a rafter or other piece will be 
considered later. 

It is worthy of notice that c d equals h a, or that the thrust 
is constant throughout the brace. Two members crossing as 
at A must naturally give a parallelogram in the stress dia- 
gram ; the component of the load at H I which starts down 
the brace will pass to E without being affected by crossing 
the other brace ; yet, to resist the tendency to sag spoken of 
above, and for the reason that the braces are better able to 
resist thrust by mutually sta^-iug one another, it is advisable 
to spike them together at their intersection. 

62. Hammer-beam Truss; Curved Members. — Another 
example where the horizontal tlirust of the truss against the 
walls must be ascertained is shown in Fig. 23. This frame is 
called a hammer-beam truss, and is a handsome type often 
employed, in this country and abroad, for the support of 
church roofs, the bracing being visible from below, and the 
spaces containing more or less ornamental work. When the 
church has a clear-story, the windows come between the trusses 
at B, the truss is supported on columns, and the roof of the side 
aisle takes up the horizontal thrust. If there are no side 
roofs, the main walls are jDi'operly strengthened by but- 

It will be well to note in advance that a curved piece in a 
truss, so far as the transmission of the force from one joint 
to another is concerned, acts as if it lay in the straight line 
between the two joints. The curved members in the present 
example are the quadrants of a circle. They may have any 
other desired curve, depending somewhat upon the pitch of 
the roof. If, now, we consider the point of support B P of the 
truss, and remember that the curved brace A O transmits the 
force between its two extremities as if it were straight, it will 
be evident that the thrust of the inclined piece, if any thrust 
exists in it, must have a horizontal component which cannot 
be neutralized by a vertical supporting force alone. There- 
fore, in addition to the reaction of half the weight of the roof 


and truss, there must be supplied by the wall, assisted per- 
haps by a buttress or a side roof, a certain horizontal thrust. 

63. Amount of the Horizontal Thrust. — To determine 
the value of this thrust : — Let W equal the weight of truss 
and load. We have nine loaded joints, and there is, there- 
fore, -JW at each joint except the two extreme ones. The 
portion 213 maj be considered a small truss, like Fig. 7, 
superimposed on the lower or main truss 4 6 2 3 7 5, and thus 
bringing additional loads on the points 2 and 3. If then we 
regard the main truss as a trapezoidal truss, and consider 
that the pieces L A and Q A are unnecessary because the load 
is the same on the two halves of the frame, the trapezoidal 
truss will be 4 2 3 5, the brace 4-2 being made up of an assem- 
blage of pieces. L A and Q A will be required when wind 
acts upon the roof. Considering the trapezoidal truss 42 3 5 
alone, the joint 2 will carry a load equal to that on D M, E K, 
and F I, or f W, the joint 3 will carry the same amount, while 
4 will support i "VV from C N, and 5 the remainder. If then 
we lay off on a vertical line f W, for the load on 2, and draw 
lines parallel to 2-4 and 2-3 from its extremities, the line 
parallel to 2-3 will be the stress in the same, and will also, 
since the load is vertical, be the horizontal thrust of the foot 
of the compound brace 2-4. This force is marked H in the 
dotted triangle drawn below the truss. A reference to § 25, 
Fig. 14, may aid one in understanding the above. 

64. Stress Diagram. — We now have the data for the 
stress diagram, of wliicli one-half is shown. For the point 4, 
or B P, we have the upward supporting force bp = ^ W, next 
pa = 11, the horizontal thrust just determined of the wall, 
etc., against the joint, a o parallel to the line of action of AO, 
and finally o h, the pressure of the post O B on 4. The result- 
ant oihp and p a, or ha, may of course be used for the reac- 
tion of the wall. Taking next the joint 6, we have ch the 
load, ho the thrust of B O, and we then draw o n and n c. The 
joint C D gives den m d. The joint M A already has the lines 
m n, 11 and o a ; since the line which is to close on m must be 


parallel to L M, and a is already vertically over m,al can have 
no length, and there is no stress in A L, as before assumed. 
Upon taking the joint D E we find also that no stress exists 
in L K. The reader must not think this fact at variance with 
the value H which was said to exist in 2-3 when we consid- 
ered the trapezoid alone ; the triangular truss 12 3 will plainly 
cause a tension in 2-3, and, with this distribution of load, 
such tension will exactly neutralize the compression caused 
in the same piece by 4-2. If one will consider the truss as 
loaded at 6, 2, 1, 3, and 7 only, thus doing away with N M, K I, 
IG, etc., he will find that a diagram will then give some com- 
pression in K L. 

Another method of treatment will be applied to this truss 
later, § 75, 

65. Different Horizontal Thrusts Consistent with 
Equilibrium. — In studying Fig. 22 we saw that the stresses 
in G C and C H were determined by the load G H, and that 
the space C would become distorted unless a horizontal 
thrust of a definite amount, here a'a, was supplied by the 
walls. In Fig. 23 also the same things are true ; the trape- 
zoidal truss 4 2 3 5 requires a certain horizontal thrust at the 
points 4 and 5 to balance its load ; a greater or less thrust 
will cause the truss to rise or fall, so long as L A and Q A are 
neglected, for in that case motion can freely occur at joints 2 
and 3. If, however, these pieces are under stress, a greater 
or less horizontal thrust may be applied, the truss will still 
be in equilibrium, and the diagram will close. Indeed a ver- 
tical reaction is a supposable one, in which case O A must be 
without stress. The same statement applies to Fig. 22, if one 
of the diagonals of the space C is put in. As all roof-trusses 
of small depth in their middle section, as compared with their 
total rise, have a tendency to spread under a load, and hence 
to thrust against their supports, their diagrams should be 
drawn for a moderate amount of thrust at least, if it is desired 
to have them maintain their shape ; and the supports should 
be able to offer this resistance, or a tie should be carried across 


below. Otherwise, in addition to the sagging, a large increase 
of stress is likely to be found in some of the parts as a result 
of a vertical reaction. The determination of the horizontal 
thrust in a braced frame of this kind is not very simple, but 
may be worked out by a method given in Part III, " Arches," 
Chap. XII. 

66. Proof. — That such trusses are in equilibrium under a 
greater or less amount of horizontal thrust, or even when the 
reactions are vertical, provided the pieces are able to with- 
stand the resulting stresses, is illustrated by Fig. 24. Here 
the load C B is taken as twice D C. The vertical reactions b a 
and ad are calculated by the method of § 26. The diagram 
with unaccented letters is then drawn and closed as usual. 
Next, any horizontal thrust a a' at the points of support is 
assumed and the diagram with accented letters is drawn. 
This diagram also closes. The reduction of all of the stresses 
except that in fg is most marked. We see from these cases 
that only when the truss admits of deformation by the distor- 
tion of some interior space such as C of Fig. 22, or R of Fig. 
27, is the horizontal thrust determinate by the method of 
these chapters ; and that moderately inclined reactions or 
the tension of a horizontal tie between points of support are 
favorable to a reduction of the stresses. 

Arched ribs of a nearly constant depth, not infrequently 
employed in railroad stations and public halls, will be treated 
in Part III. 



67. First Diagram. — In the trusses heretofore treated the 
leads have beeu conceutrated at those points only which were 
directly supported. It sometimes happens that the cross- 
beams or purlins, which connect the trusses and convey the 
weight from the secondary rafters to the main rafters, rest 
upon the latter at points between the joints. Let us, in Fig. 
25, assume that a load rests upon the middle of each of the 
upper rafters. If we neglect the bending action of the load 
E G u23on the rafter and proceed as usual, we consider that 
one-half of the load E G will be supported at each of the 
joints C E and G K, and similarly for the load K M. There- 
fore, having laid off the weights and the two equal reactions 
of the walls on the load-line of the first diagram, we may in- 
crease the loads on the joints C E, G K, and M O by the new 
points of division, and complete this diagram, taking first B, 
then the next joint on the inside, and then the outside one. 
It will be noticed that all of the pieces except the rafters are 

68. Supplying Imaginary Forces. — This diagram gives 
but one stress along the whole of the upper rafter ; but it is 
plain that the vertical force E G must have a component along 
the rafter and cause a different stress to exist in E T from 
what exists in G T. If, however, we suppose a joint to be at 
E G, the transverse component of E G will cause it to yield, 
as there is no brace beneath to hold it in place. To secure 
equilibrium here we may sujjply an imaginary force EF, 
shown by the dotted line, equal and directly opposed to this 



transverse component. Tliis imaginary force will take the 
place of a perpendicular strut, will steady the joint, and will 
leave the longitudinal component to affect the rafter. But 
the transverse component of FG actually gives a pressure at 
the joints C E and G K, while the imaginary force E E, just 
added, will lift the ends of this rafter by the same amount ; 
therefore we must restore the pressure, and the equilibrium 
of the rafter F T as a whole, by adding imaginary forces, each 
one-half of E E, at C D and G H. This added sjstem of forces 
cannot interfere with the stresses in any other pieces, for they 
balance by themselves. Treat the similar load KM in the 
same way. 

69. Second Diagram. — In the second diagram the two 
supporting forces, pa and ah, are each equal to one-half the 
total load. Lay off" 6 c as before ; draw the dotted line c d, equal 
and parallel to the first imaginary force C D ; then de vertical, 
as before ; then ef, equal to, and in the direction of E F ; then 
fg, and so on, arriving finally atp, as usual. 

The construction of the rest of the diagram presents no 
difficult}^ ; the joints are taken in the same order as before, 
and, when we have more than one external force on a joint, 
we take them in succession, in the order first observed for the 
external forces. When we reach the upper rafters, we find 
that g falls on the line et; etis, greater and gt in less than the 
line for the same piece in the first diagram. 

70. Comparison of Results. — Thus it appears that the 
first diagram gives the stress which would exist in the whole 
length of the rafter E T G, if the load E G were actually at its 
extremities ; but, being at its middle point, one-half of the 
longitudinal component of EG goes to diminish the compres- 
sion otherwise existing in G T, and the other half to increase 
the compression in E T. A comparison of the two diagrams 
will also show the truth of the former statement, that the 
system of imaginary forces does not affect any of the truss 
outside of the particular pieces to which it may be applied. 
It is still necessary to provide for the bending action of the 


transverse portion of F G, or a force equal and opposite to E F 
upon the rafter, considered as a beam extending from hip to 
apex, a joint of course not being made at E G. This subject 
will be treated in Chapter IX. 

71. Remarks. — If the action of the wind upon this truss is 
considered, it will be seen at once that no special treatment is 
needed ; for the wind pressure is normal, and the addition of 
the opposite force EE at once balances the force on this 
joint, and transfers it to the ends D and H as the first 
analysis did. The bending action on the rafter must, how- 
ever, be provided for. 

The treatment of loads or forces not directly resisted, at 
above, is given by Mr. Bow in his " Economics of Construc- 
tion," and may be applied to frames where one or more of the 
internal spaces are not triangles, but quadrilaterals. If such 
spaces are not surrounded by triangular spaces on at least all 
sides but one, the truss is liable to distortion, unless the re- 
sistance of some of the pieces to bending or the stiffness of 
the tJworetical joints is called into play. A use of this treat- 
ment at many points in the same diagram will, however, be 
apt to make confusion. 

Another application of imaginary forces, where a bending 
moment exists, will be made at the close of the next chapter. 



72. Reversal of Diagonal. — Difficulty is sometimes ex- 
perienced iu completing the diagram for a truss because, 
after passing a certain point, no joint can be found where but 
two stresses are unknown ; while yet, judging from the 
arrangement of the pieces, the stresses ought apparently, to 
be determinate. Such a case was found in Fig. 11, and was 
solved in § 20 by what might be called the law of symmetry. 
A method of more general application to these cases is what 
may be styled Reversal of a Diagonal. 

It has been pointed out alreadj^ that, if any quadrangular 
figure in a truss is crossed by one diagonal, the other diagonal 
of the quadrangle may be substituted for the former without 
affecting the stresses in any pieces except those which make 
up the quadrangle. See §§ 26 and 53. It will be found that 
such a change often reduces the stress in one or more pieces 
of the quadrangle to zero, and thus makes the truss solvable 
graphically. It will be well, if the reader fails to distinguish 
readily the altered truss from the original one, to temporarily 
erase from a pencil sketch the pieces thus rendered super- 
fluous, or to draw the truss anew with the proper changes as 
has been done in Figs. 26 and 27. The modified truss will 
then be easily analyzed, and, when the old members are 
restored, enough stresses will be known to make the final 
solution practicable. 

73. Example.— This method will first be applied to the 
roof-truss, Fig. 26, of a railroad station at Worcester, Mass. 
The span of this roof is 125 feet ; entire height, wall to apex, 



45 feet ; camber of main tie 8 feet ; rafter divided into six 
equal panels ; trusses 50 feet apart. 

Under steady load the tie bars S T, T U, U W, WS, whicli 
cross the centre line of the truss, will be without stress, as in 
Fig. 14, § 25. Indeed, as these two centre ties are indepen- 
dent of one another, but one can be in action at a time, as, 
for instance, S W and T U when the wind is on the left side. 
If we begin our diagram from B with chak c, we meet with 
no difficulty until we have passed the joint E F, for which we 
drew fen op/. At either of the next joints are three un- 
known stresses. As all stresses are determined up to the 
piece P Q, change the diagonal Q II in the adjoining quadri- 
lateral from the position of the full line to the dotted one. 
Then the joint F G, as seen in the sketch below, will give us. 
gfpg'g. As the full-lined diagonal has been removed, the 
joint R W has disappeared ; for, if three supposed forces are 
in equilibrium at one point, § 17, and two of them act in one 
line, the third force must be zero, and II S therefore can have 
no stress. The stress in SW will also be zero unless it. 
resists wind on the left, and the stress in S T is then zero. 
In either case we can draw h g g'r'h for the upper joint, and then 
find a w and w r', if it exists, at the lower joint. The dotted 
peak is not in the main truss, but in the jack-rafters which 
transfer their load to G H and H I ; if one prefers, he may 
put a load at the peak and draw the triangle of forces for 
that point. 

After using the above expedient on the other half of the 
truss also, if the load is unsymmetrical, we replace the 
reversed diagonal and find the true stresses in the pieces 
affected by the change,' ^the diagonal and the four sides of the 
containing quadrilateral. Hence we may draw ^oa?^^'^ for 
the lower joint or hgrsli for the upper joint, and finally 
gfV g'^g ^or '^^ left-hand joint of the quadrilateral. 

74. Polonceau Truss.— The left half of Fig. 29 is the same 
as Fig. 11. It will be remembered that we were stopped at 
the piece D E of Fig. 29 by having three unknown stresses at 


either end. Change the full line E F to the dotted one. The 
stress in F G at once becomes zero, as did K S in Fig. 26. 
We may now find the stresses in D E and E L at the joint 
K L ; in dotted E F and G M at joint L M, and in A H and 
H F at the lower joint. Then the diagonal may be replaced 
and the stresses in D E, E F, F G, E H, and F L rectified. 
The right half of Fig. 29 may be similarly solved by revers- 
ing the diagonal P Q, which change makes the stress in 
O P zero. 

75. Hammer-Beam Truss, by Reversal of Diagonals. 
— The hammer-beam truss of Fig. 27 difters from that of Fig. 
23 by the omission of the vertical in the space R. As pointed 
out in § 66, this omission renders the horizontal thrust of this 
truss definite. In attem23tiug to draw a diagram, however, 
we cannot apparently begin at the wall until we know the 
horizontal thrust, and, if we begin at F G, we soon meet with 
joints where three unknown forces are found. The method 
of the preceding sections will first be applied to the right 
half. Draw gfr for the upper joint, ligrsTi for joint GH, 
and/eg' 7'/ for EF. As joints HI and RA are now insoluble, 
draw dotted T W for the full-lined diagonal T W, and do the 
same with X Y. The truss will thus be changed to the form 
of the sketch below. For, since T A and Y A act in the same 
straight line (shown dotted on left half of truss), the stress in 
W X is now zero, and T A and Y A have the same stress. 
Further, at joint K L there remain K Y, Y L, and the exterior 
force or load K L, which latter acts in the vertical line Y L ; 
hence the stress in K Y is now zero, and Y L carries K L 
only. We can therefore draw ihst'i for joint HI, kit'iv'h 
for joint I K, lu't's rq . . . aio' for joint A R, and I k iv'a I for 
the abutment. The reaction a I, being thus determined, can 
be used to draw the diagram, as in Fig. 23. The diagram for 
the left half of the truss is given in full lines, and it may be 
seen that A P and A T are now useful. 

76. Method of Trial and Error.— Where the unknown 
stress in but one piece apjDears to stand in the way of a 


solution, the diagram may sometimes be drawn witli com- 
parative ease by trial. Tlius, in the left half of Fig. 27, 
we may assume the value of the horizontal thrust or of the 
stress in P Q and proceed with the diagram. Upon its failing 
to close, we can change the assumed quantity and try again. 
Thus, beginning at the apes, draw gfrg, feqrf, and 
hgrsh; then assume qp' and its equal st'. The middle 
joint will give t'srqp'a't'; the joint DE, p'qedo'p', etc.; and 
finally the horizontal line from n' will fail to meet a line 
parallel to A M on the load line, to give m h in the post. It 
is evident, upon a slight inspection, that qp' is too long. 
The reader will find that he can soon bring the diagram to a 
closure by diminishing qp' . 

By the use of such apjjroximations one of necessity loses 
that check on the accuracy of the diagram, of having it close 
with reasonable exactness. 

Fig. 30, in case one or the other of the dotted diagonals 
is used, will serve as an example for the practice of the pre- 
ceding suggestions. Which diagonal tie, if either, will be 
needed for wind, and which for steady load ? 

77. Example. — We will close this branch of the subject 
with an example which will introduce one or two new points 
in addition to a combination of principles heretofore illus- 
trated separately. The example shows the capabilities of 
this method in handling complex problems. The structure 
drawn in Fig. 28 is to be treated as a whole in its resistance 
to wind pressure. 

The steady-load diagram would present no difficulty. The 
truss is carried upon columns which are hinged at their 
lower ends B and P, each being connected by a pin to its 
pedestal. The brace at E is therefore necessary to prevent 
overturning. The proportions of the frame are as follows : 
Distance between columns, 76 ft.; AC = 15 ft.; Q R = 7 ft.; 
camber of lower tie, 3 ft.; 1-A = 19 ft.; height of space 
1 = 16 ft.; of Y = 7 ft.; extreme height, ground to peak, 48 ft. 


Distance between trusses, 12 ft. Scale 40 ft. = 1 in. Scale of 
diagram, 8000 lbs. = 1 inch. No wind on C. 

Wind pressure on main roof, 12,000 lbs. = hj; therefore /gr, 
gh, etc., = 3000 lbs.; wind pressure on KX=3360 Ibs.^J-lO; 
on L Y = 3500 lbs. = 10-m. The dotted arrows are resultants 
of wind pressure on the sloping surfaces. By moments 
about P, or by proportion of segments of span BP, as 
in § 48, we find 

that 8368 lbs. of bj is carried at B, and 3633 lbs. at P. 
that 940 " " 10-m " " " " 2460 " " " 

9308 lbs. = 6-9 " " " " 6093 " " " 

The horizontal force, y-10, at K, may be supposed to be 
resisted equally at each point of support, since the two posts 
will be alike. Hence jk = 9-a' = UJ-10) = 1680 lbs. is 
carried at B. The moment of this horizontal force K about 
B or P, tending to overturn the frame, or the couple formed 
by K and the equal reaction in the line P B, will cause an 
increased upward vertical force at P and an equal downward 
force or diminished pressure at B. Its value, § 42, will be 

^ = 1760 pounds = a' a. The reaction at B must 

76 ^ 

balance the components, b-9, 9-«', and a'-a, and hence will 
be a b. The reaction at P will then be m (or p) a, which may 
be checked in detail, if desired. 

The reaction ab, at B, will now be decomposed into its 
vertical and horizontal comjjonents ac and cb. The piece AC 
can resist a c as a strut or post, but must carry c b 5900 lbs. by 
acting like a beam. Were there a real joint at D the struc- 
ture would fall. It is therefore necessary to make the post 
of one piece, or as one member from B to R. The magni- 
tude of the horizontal force at F caused by the 5900 lbs. of 
horizontal force at B will be in the ratio of the two segments 
of the column (beam) or as 15 to 7, or 12,643 lbs. These two 
forces must be balanced at D by a force equal to their sum. 


or 18,54i3 lbs. As in § 68, Fig. 25, tliis beam action of tlie post 
must be neutralized, before the diagram can be drawn, as 
these diagrams take no account of bending moments, for 
which see Chap. IX. 

We therefore apply at B the imaginary horizontal force 
be = 5900 lbs., opposed to the direction of the reaction, and 
leaving only a c, the vertical component, which is balanced by 
the post; at CD we apply ccZ = 18,543 lbs.; and at EF, we 
add ef = 12,643 lbs. The sum of these three imaginary hori- 
zontal forces being zero, the stresses in the truss are not dis- 
turbed. The same steps must be taken at P, the horizontal 
forces mn, no, and op being obtained by the same process 
from the horizontal component po ol the reaction p a. 

The load line therefore finally becomes bed efg hikl m n op, 
the force D E being shifted laterally as shown, and i k being 
the resultant of ij andjZ:;. The stress in D Q is readily ob- 
tained by drawing deq. Then the point D of the post gives 
the figure acdq r a, determining the stresses in the upper 
part of the post and the brace R A. The remainder of the 
diagram presents no difliculty. 

The column must be designed to resist the large bending 
moment to which it is liable, as well as the thrust q r. For 
bending moments, etc., see the next chapter, and also Part 11. 
As this structure is supposed to be open below, the lower 
member should be adapted to resist such compression as may 
come upon it from the tendency of a gust of wind, entering 
beneath, to raise the roof. 



78. Load between Joints. — Having treated of the action 
of external forces upon a great variety of trusses, we propose 
now to investigate the graphical determination of the bending 
moments which arise from the load on certain pieces, and of 
the stresses due to the moments of resistance by which the 
bending moments must be met. 

To recapitulate some statements of earlier chapters : — In 
case the transverse components of the load upon a portion of 
a rafter, or other piece of a truss, are not immediately resisted 
by the supporting power of some adjacent parts, or, in other 
words, unless the load on a structure is actually concentrated 
at the several joints, such transverse components will exert a 
bending action on the portion in question, and the additional 
stress thus caused in the piece may be too great to be safely 
neglected. Further, in case the piece makes any other than a 
right angle with the line of action of the load, or has an 
oblique force acting upor it, the stress along it, given by the 
diagram, will be less than the maximum, and will generally be 
the mean stress. Lastly, in case a piece is curved, a bending 
moment will be exerted upon it by the force acting along the 
straight line joining its two ends, this bending moment being 
a maximum at the point where the axis or centre line of the 
piece is farthest removed from the line drawn between its ends. 

79. Example. — To illustrate the former statements by a 
simple example : — Suppose the rafters A C and B C, Fig. 31, 
to be loaded uniformly over their Avhole extent. Let us 
assume, in the first place, that the tie AB is not used, but 



that the thrust of the rafters is resisted by the walls which 
carry the roof. Consider the piece A C. Since the roof is 
symmetrically loaded, the thrust at C must be horizontal, and 
therefore the reaction which sujjports this end of A C will lie 
in the line C E. The centre of gravity of the load on A C is at 
D, its middle point, and the resultant of the load will, if pro- 
longed upwards, intersect C E at E. Since the rafter is in 
equilibrium under the load and the reactions at C and A, the 
direction of the reaction of the wall at A must also pass 
through E (compare Figs. 3 and 4). Draw A E and prolong 
ED to G. Let E G be measured b}^ such a scale as to repre- 
sent the load on A C. The three forces meeting in the common 
point E will then be equal to the respective sides of the tri- 
angle AEG, drawn parallel to them ; and, since A G equals 
E C, the reactions at A and C will be A E and C E. 

We now decompose AE and CE into components along 
and transverse to the rafter, and have AF, direct compression 
on the rafter at A, and C F, direct compression at C. The 
compression on successive sections of the rafter increases from 
C to A by the successive longitudinal components of the load. 
The two components A L and C Q, which, combined with A F 
and C F, give the original forces A E and C E, are analogous 
to the supporting forces of a beam or truss, and through them 
we obtain the bending action of the load on this rafter. If, 
now, the rafters simply rest on the wall, being secured against 
spreading by the tie A B, the reaction A E will be replaced by 
the two components, A I, the upward supporting force of the 
wall, and A G, the stress exerted by the tie ; these two forces 
give the same stress and bending moments on the rafter as 

80. Comparison with Diagram.— Consider, next, the 
method by diagram. The load is now to be concentrated at 
the joints, and in place of E G, we shall have A N and C P, 
each one-half of the load on one rafter. Lay oft" 1-2 to repre- 
sent the total load on the roof, make 1-3 equal to AN and 
1—4 to A I, and draw 3-5 and 4-5 parallel to the rafter and tie. 


A G will equal 4-5, and therefore the stress in the tie is given 
correctly ; but, since A I— AN = AK = 3-4, 3-5 equals AD, 
and this is the stress given bj the diagram as existing from A 
to C, a supposition which is true when the load is actually 
concentrated at the joints, but is not true for a distributed 
load. But A D, or 3-5, is equal to one-half of AF -)- F C, and 
is manifestly the value of the direct compression at the middle 
j)oiut D of the rafter ; all of the load from A to D was, when 
we drew the diagram, considered to be concentrated at the 
joint A. To 3-5, or A D, we should add D F, to obtain the 
correct compression A F at the lower end ; therefore a piece 
which supports a distributed load should have a compression, 
equal to the longitudinal com23onent.of so much of the load as 
is transferred to its lower end, added to its stress obtained 
from the stress diagram. The amount to be added, however, 
is generall}^ insignificant as compared with the truss stress. 

The load on the principal rafters of a roof-truss is usually 
concentrated at series of equidistant points, by means of the 
purlins, or short cross-beams which extend from one truss to 
another, and which are themselves weighted at a series of 
points by the pressure of the second arj^ rafters. These second- 
ary rafters, when emplojed, carry the boards, etc., and thus 
have a uniformly distributed load. It is only in cases where 
purlins rest at other points than the so-called joints that 
bending action occurs in the principal rafters, or in very light 
trusses where the boards are nailed directly to the main rafters. 
"We need to determine the maximum bending moments on 
such main rafters, on the purlins and secondary rafters, in 
order to intelligently provide sections sufficiently strong to 
resist them. 

81. Bending Moment,— It will first be well to explain 
what bending moment and moment of resistance are. A horizon- 
tal beam A B, Fig. 32, supported at its two ends, when loaded 
with a series of weights, distributed in any manner, is in 
equilibrium under the action of vertical forces, the weights 
acting downwards and the two supporting forces acting up- 


wards. These supj)ortmg forces are easily calculated by the 
principle of the lever, or by taking moments as explained in 
§§ 26 and 36. They will be found graphically presently. As 
the beam is at rest, there must be no tendency to rotate, and 
therefore, if we assume any point for an axis, the sum of the 
moments, that is of the products of each force by its distance 
from the axis, must equal zero. A moment which tpnds to 
produce rotation in one direction being called plus, one which 
acts in the other direction is called minus. If then we pass 
an imaginary vertical plane of section through any point in 
the beam, such as E, the sum of the moments on one side of 
the plane of section must balance or equal that on the other. 
The sum of these moments on one side or the other is called 
the bending moment : the reason for the name will soon be 

82. Moment of Resistance. — These bending moments on 
o]3posite sides of the section in question can balance one 
another only through the resistance of the material of the 
beam at the section where stresses between the particles are 
set in action to resist the tendency to bend. The beam 
becomes slightly convex, and the particles or fibres on the 
convex side are extended, while those on the concave side are 
compressed. Experiment shows that, for flexure within such 
moderate limits as occur in practice, the horizontal forces 
exerted between contiguous particles vary uniformly as we go 
from the top of the beam to the bottom, the compressive 
stress being most intense on the concave side, diminishing 
regularly to zero at some point or horizontal j^lane, called the 
neutral axis, then changing to tension and increasing as we 
approach the convex side. The two sets of stresses reacting 
against each other may be represented to the eye by the 
arrows in the vertical section marked E'. 

Since all of the external forces are vertical, these internal 
stresses, being horizontal, must balance in themselves, or the 
total tension must equal the total compression, whence it 
follows that the neutral axis must pass through the centre of 


gravity of the section. To make this fact clear, let one con- 
sider that the distance of the centre of gravity from any as- 
sumed axis or the position of the resultant of parallel forces 
is found by multiplying each force or weight by its distance 
from that axis and dividing by the sum of the forces. Now if 
we attempt to lind the centre of gravitj'of a thin cross-section 
of this beam, and take our axis through the point where the 
centre of gravity happens to lie, the sum of the moments of 
the particles on each side will balance or be equal, and we can 
see that the distance of each particle from the axis will vary 
exactly as these given stresses ; hence the neutral axis must 
lie in the centre of gravity of each cross-section. 

As these stresses are caused by and resist the external bend- 
ing moment on each side of the section, the moment in 
the interior of the beam, made up of the sum of the products 
of the stress on each particle multiplied by its distance from 
the neutral axis, or indeed from any axis, and known as the 
Tnoment of resistance, must equal the bending moment at 
the given section. As the tensions and compressions on one 
side of the plane of section tend to produce rotation about 
the neutral axis in the same direction, their moments are 
added together. 

83. Formula for Bending Moment. — The bending mo- 
ment, then, in the beam AB of the figure, at au}- section E, 
will be, if Pj is the supporting force on the right, W„ W^, 
etc., the weights, 

P2 . B E - Wi . C E - W2 . D E ; 

or, in general, if L equal the arm of any weight, and 2 be 
the sign of summation, 

M (the bending moment) = P^ . B E — 2 W . L, 

it being remembered always to take only the weights between 
one end and the plane of section. 

The moment of resistance, being numerically equal to the 
bending moment, is therefore equal to the above expression, 
and the maximum stress at any section can thence be 


determined, or the required cross-section to conform to the 
proper working stress for the material. The weights on one 
side of the section may all be considered to be concentrated 
at their common centre of gravity, or point of application of 
their resultant, so far as the bending moment at that section 
is concerned ; the load when continuous is always so taken. 

If the reader will take a special case, and, having a beam 
of known length with weights in given positions, will first 
find the supporting forces, and then calculate the bending 
moment on either side of a plane of section, he will obtain 
the same result with opposite signs, showing that the two 
moments balance one another. The numerical result, being 
the product of two quantities, is read as so many foot- 
pounds or inch-pounds, according to the units employed. As 
the stress in any material is usually expressed in pounds on 
the square inch, the latter units are the better. 

84. Equilibrium Polygon. — Let us suppose that the 
weights which, in Fig. 32, rest upon the beam are transferred 
to a cord at the several points c, d,f, and g, vertically below 
their former positions C, D, F, and G, the cord itself being 
attached to two fixed points a and &, at equal distances verti- 
cally from A and B. Let us further supj)ose that the amount 
of the weight at G alone is at present known. This cord can 
be treated as if it were a frame. Taking the joint g into con- 
sideration, draw 5-4 vertically, equal to the weight, then 5-0 
parallel to ag and 4-0 parallel to gf. The two lines just 
drawn must be the tensions in a^ and gf. For the joint /,/gr 
is now known ; therefore 4-3 parallel to the weight and 3-0 
parallel to fd will determine the other forces at /. The 
side 4-3 must equal the weight at F, and must lie in the same 
straight line with 5-4 ; for this triangle was constructed on 
the side 4-0 previously found. Continuing the construction 
for the successive angles of the cord, we find that a vertical 
line 5-1 will represent by its several portions the successive 
weights, and that the tensions in the diflferent parts of the 
cord will be given by the lines parallel to these parts, drawn 


from the points of division of the load line, and all converg- 
ing to the common point 0. Draw 0-6 horizontally, and 
hence parallel to a h ; this line will be the horizontal com- 
ponent of the tension at any point of the cord, and is here 
denoted by H. The form assumed by the cord for a given 
distribution of weights is called the Equilibrium Polygon, as 
the system will be in equilibrium or at rest ; and it is also 
called in mechanics a funicular polygon. Students of mechan- 
ics will recall the fact, so easily shown here, that the hori- 
zontal component H is a constant quantity at every point. 

85, Reactions. — If now the cord, instead of being fastened 
to fixed points at a and b, is attached to the two ends of a 
rigid bar a b, and the whole system is then suspended from A 
and B by two short cords, its equilibrium will not be dis- 
turbed. The pull 5-0 at a will be decomposed into 0-6, com- 
pression in ba, and 6-5, tension along a A. Similarly at 
h, 0-1 will be decomposed into 1-6 along 6B and 6-0 
along a b. 6-0 balances 0-6, while 1-6 and 6-5 must be the 
supporting forces at b and a. As the suj)23orting forces do 
not dejDeud upon the form of the frame or truss, the reac- 
tions which carry the beam at B and A must be these same 

86. Equilibrium Polygon, General Construction. — We 
may make the construction more general by drawing an equi- 
librium polygon from any point a', vertically below A, and find- 
ing the outline of a cord which will sustain in equilibrium the 
given weights at the given horizontal distances from A. Lay 
off the weights in succession from 5 to 1 ; assume any point 
0' arbitrarily and connect it with all the points of division of 
the load line. Begin at a', and draw a'g' parallel to 5-0', 
stopping at the vertical dropped from G; then draw g'f 
parallel to 4-0', etc., and finally c'b' parallel to 1-0'. That 
this will be the figure of a cord suspended from a' and b' fol- 
lows from the preceding demonstration. Connect b' with a' ; 
a line, parallel to b'a', from 0' must strike the same point 6 
which the line from 0, parallel to ha, touched. The sup- 


porting forces, if h'a' exists, will be 1-6 and 6-5 as before ; 
but 0'-6' will be the horizontal component H' for this cord. 

87. The Equilibrium Polygon Gives Bending Mo- 
ments. — If we turn again to the first cord, attached at a and 
&, the piece a h being dispensed with, the moment of all the 
forces on one side of an}^ point, such as e, must be the bend- 
ing moment there ; but as the cord is perfectly flexible and at 
rest, this bending moment will equal zero. Using, instead of 
1-0, its two components 1-6 = P^ and 6-0 = H, multiplying 
each force by the perpendicular distance of its line of action 
from e, calling the combined moments of the weights on one 
side of e ^ W . L as before, and denoting the tendency to pro- 
duce rotation in opposite ways by opposite signs, we shall 
have, for moments of forces on the right of, and around e, 

P2 . 6 A; - :2 W. L — H . e^ = 0, 

H. eZ; = P2 . 6^-2W. L. 

But V,.hh = P, . BE, and P, . BE - JSW.L = M, the bend- 
ing moment at the section E of the beam, as shown in § 83 ; 

M = H . eZ;. 

By a similar analysis of the lower cord we have 

Ps . ?• A' - S W . L = (6-0') . e' Z = M. 

From similarity of triangles le'k' and 6'0' 6, we have 

e'l : e'7c' = 6'-0' : 6-0', 

(6-00 .e'Z=(6'-0') .e'k'\ 

M=(6'-00 . e'k' = W .e'k', 

as in the other case. The solution is therefore general, and 
the bending moment at any section of the beam equals the 
product of H from the stress diagram 1 5 by the vertical 
ordinate, below the section, from the cord to the line connect- 
ing its two extremities. 


88. Remarks. — The relative situations of a' and h' will de- 
pend upon the choice of the position of 0', and this point 
may be taken wherever convenient. H' is measured by the 
same scale used in plottinji^ 5-1, while e'li! must be measured 
by the scale to which AB is laid oj0f. The tAvo scales, one 
representing pounds, the other inches, need not be numerically 
the same ; their product will be inch-pounds. 

A single load on the beam will have for its equilibrium 
polygon two straight lines from a' and h' , meeting at a point 
vertically under the weight. A uniformly distributed load 
will give a parabola with the maximum ordinate at the middle 
of the span. This load may be treated as if concentrated at 
any convenient number of points along the beam, as we have 
done in getting the loads at the several divisions of a rafter, 
and the angles of the polygon will lie in the desired parabola. 
When the beam is inclined the transverse comj)onents alone of 
the load produce any bending, as explained for a uniform 
load in § 79. Wind pressure will act as a uniform normal or 
transverse load on the piece w^hich directly resists it. 

The equilibrium polygon has much more extended applica- 
tions in Parts II. and III. 

89. Moment of Resistance of Rectangular Cross-Sec- 
tion. — Next, to determine the moment of resistance for a par- 
ticular form of cross-section : — Consider a beam of rectangular 
cross-section, represented by A B C D of Fig. 33. The inten- 
sity of stress, as shown at E', Fig. 32, varies uniforml}' each 
way from the neutral axis which, lying through the centre of 
gravity G of the cross-section, will be at E F, the middle of 
the depth. The stress on a square inch will be most intense 
on the fibres at the edge A B or C D, and less intense on any 
intermediate layer, such as I K, in the proportion of E I to 
E A. If then we draw from G the lines G A and G B, and 
imagine that the layer I K is replaced by I' K', which has its 
breadth diminished in the same proportion, the total stress 
on I' K', if of the intensity found at A B, will be equal to the 
total stress of less intensity actually existing on I K. The 


former stress will also liaise tlie same leverage about E F as 
does the actual stress on I K. By the same reasoning for all 
layers of the cross-section, we obtain two triangular, shaded 
areas, ABG and GDC, which may be termed equivalent areas 
of uniform stress of intensity equal to the actual maximum ; 
one of them, usually the upper one, when multij^lied by this 
maximum intensity of stress, represents the total compression, 
and the other the total tension at the section. The moments 
of this tension and compression about the neutral axis will be 
most readily obtained by considering the stress, which is now 
uniformly distributed over the triangle, as concentrated at its 
centre of action, the centre of gravity G' of the triangle, dis- 
tant two-thirds of its height from the apex G. 

Let h represent the breadth and h the height of the cross- 
section in inches ; the area of one triangle will be ^h .\h; and 
the lever arm about EF will be f . ^/i. Let /represent the 
maximum stress on the square inch at AB. Since the tension 
and compression tend to produce rotation in the same direc- 
tion, we add the moments of the two forces together and have 

2 ("2 •/. ^h\ = moment of resistance = ^fhJf. 

Putting this value equal to the bending moment M, we obtain 


If we select the maximum value of e'k', introduce the safe 
working stress/ for the extreme fibres, and assume either & or 
h, we can compute the other required dimension, and thus 
determine the beam when of uniform section throughout. If 
the cross-section is to vary, its moment of resistance at differ- 
ent points must at least be equal to the bending moments. 
As the stiffness of the beam depends principally upon h, the 
depth must not be made too small. If the beam has too little 
breadth the compressed edge will yield sideways. 

90. Moment of Resistance of T Section. — It is easy to 
compute the size of a beam of rectangular cross-section by the 


above formula, but for less regular sections the determination 
of the moment of resistance by this graphical method may 
prove of service. In applying it to a beam of the section 
shown in Fig. 34 we must begin by finding the centre of 
gravity of the section. By multiplying each rectangular area 
by the distance of its centre of gravity from either the top or 
the bottom, adding these products, and dividing by the 
whole area, we find the distance of the neutral axis from that 
edge. If GI = 6, AB = &', GE = A, and C A = h', we have 

r^ — ; — jtt; = distance oi neutral axis from G 1. 

bh-\- b h 

The construction of the shaded area A P B needs no expla- 
nation, as it follows the previous example. The stress on the 
fibres at the edge G I will not be so great as at the edge A B, 
because they are not so far from the neutral axis. If the 
fibres at G I were removed to K L, so as to be equally remote 
with AB, they would be equally strained. Then to reduce 
the layer G I to one which, if it had the same intensity of 
stress with A B, would give the same total stress which now 
exists on GI, project GI to KL, draw KP and LP,* and GT' 
will be the desired reduced length. The remainder of the 
shaded area for the lower rectangle follows the usual rule. 
In the same way, the fibres at C D will be projected at Q R, 
and, by drawing Q P and HP, we determine CD', and thus 
complete the shaded portion. These triangles, etc., can be 
readily scaled, or computed from the known proportions of 
the beam, their centres of gravity found and the moment of 
resistance calculated. 

91. Moment of Resistance of an Irregular Section. — A 
good example of a section whose moment of resistance is not 
readily determined by computation alone is afi'orded by a 
deck-beam. Fig. 35, often employed in floors and roofs. It is 
here drawn to one-quarter scale, showing height of section 6 
inches, breadth of flange A B 3| inches, thickness of web | 
inch, weight per yard 44 lbs. 

* K P and L P should be straight lines, nearly touching C and D. 


The readiest way to determine tlie moment of resistance of 
such a cross-section is as follows : — Transfer its outlines from 
the book of shapes or by such data as you have to a sheet of 
heavy paper, and make a tracing for construction purposes. 
Cut the section from the heavy paper, balance on a knife-edge 
and thus determine the neutral axis C D. Then on the trac- 
ing draw K L horizontally at the same distance from C D that 
S T is. A B will be projected at K L, and lines from K and 
L to P, the middle j)oint of C D, or the centre of gravity of 
this section, will cut AB at A' and B', making A'B' the 
reduced length of A B, and now considered to have the same 
stress per square inch as exists at I G. In the same way the 
end M of M N will be projected at O, the point U at Y, and 
the lines from O and V to P will cut the horizontal lines 
through M and U at new points in the desired curve. Thus 
enough points are soon obtained to locate the boundary of 
the shaded portion from B' to P. The part of the web with 
straight sides gives of course a triangle, found at once by 
drawing a line from W to P. The curve A' P corresponds 
with B' P. For the lower portion, project E F on T S, draw 
lines to P, and get in a similar way enough points for this 
curve. Cut out the two shaded figures from the heavy paper, 
balance each one over a knife-edge and thus determine their 
respective centres of gravity Q and R. Calculate the area of 
one ; the area of the other should exactly equal it, for the 
total tension equals the total compression. Calling this area 
A and the safe working stress on the square inch/, we shall 
then have for the moment of resistance 

/. A. PQ+/. A. PE=/. A. QR. 

In this example A = 1.29 sq. inches, P Q = 2.12 inches, and 
PR =: 2.66 inches. If therefore for a static load /= 12,000 
lbs., the moment of resistance equals 

12,000 X 1.29 X 4.78 = 74,000 inch-pounds. 

92. Moment of Resistance of I Beam. — In simpler cases 
the required size of beam to sustain a given load is more read- 


ily found by formula. If I beams are used, the web being 
thin, and the top and bottom Hanges alike, an approximate 
formula may be used. If F rej)resents the area in square 
inches of the cross-section of either flange, W the area of the 
web, h the dejjth from centre to centre of flanges or the entire 
depth minus thickness of one flange (that is, between centres 
of gravity approximately), and/ the safe stress on the square 
inch, the moment of resistance is nearly equal to 



93. Lateral Bracing.— The principal trusses, if large, 
should be braced together in the planes of the rafters to pre- 
vent wind, in a direction perpendicular to the gable ends, from 
producing any lateral movement. The roof boards, if laid 
close, and well nailed, will stiffen trusses of moderate span. 
It is often customary also to fasten the trusses down to the 
walls, especially in those buildings where wind may get below 
the roof. In such cases it is proper to consider and provide 
for the tendency of the wind to reverse the stresses in a roof 
which has a light covering. 

94. Weight of Materials. — The weight of the roof cover- 
ing can be ascertained in advance. The bending moments on 
the jack-rafters and the purlins can then be found, their sizes 
computed and their weights added in. The weight of the 
truss must then be assumed from such data as may be at 
hand. After the diagrams have been drawn and the truss has 
been roughly designed, its weight should be calculated to see 
how well it agrees with the assumed weight. If this agree- 
ment is not sufficiently exact, the proper allowance is then to 
be made. 

Trautwine says that, for spans not exceeding about 75 feet, 
and trusses 7 feet apart, of the type shown in Figs. 11 and 29, 
the total load per square foot, including the truss itself, pur- 
lins, etc., complete, may be taken as follows : 

Roof covered with corrugated iron, unboarded, . . 8 lbs. 

Same if plastered below the rafters, 18 " 

Roof covered with corrugated iron, on boards, . . 11 " 



Same if plastered below the i*afters, 21 lbs. 

Eoof covered with slate, unboarded or on laths, . . 13 " 

Same on boards li inches thick, 16 " 

Same if plastered below the rafters, 26 " 

Eoof covered with shingles on laths, 10 " 

For spans from 75 feet to 150 feet it will suffice to add 4 lbs. 
to eacli of these totals. 

The weight of an ordinary lathed and plastered ceiling is 
about 10 lbs. per square foot ; and that of an ordinary floor 
of 1-inch boards, together with the usual 2 X 12 inch joists, 
12 inches apart from centre to centre, is from 9 to 12 lbs. per 
square foot. White pine timber, if dry, may be considered to 
weigh about 25 lbs., northern yellow pine 35 lbs., and south- 
ern yellow pine 45 lbs. per cubic foot ; if wet, add from 20 to 
50 per cent. Oak may be reckoned at from 40 to 50 lbs. per 
cubic foot ; cast iron at 450 lbs. per cubic foot ; wrought iron 
at 480 lbs. per cubic foot. 

The allowance to be made for the weight of snow will 
depend upon the latitude ; from 12 to 15 lbs. per square foot 
of roof will suffice for most places. In some situations snow 
may accumulate in considerable quantities, becoming satu- 
rated with water and turning to ice ; but snow saturated with 
water will generally slide off from roofs of ordinary pitch. 
The weight of a cubic foot varies much ; freshly fallen snow 
may weigh from 5 to 12 lbs. ; snow and hail, sleet or ice may 
weigh from 30 to 50 lbs. per cubic foot, but the quantity on 
a roof will usually be small. 

95. Action of Materials under Stress.— After the stresses 
in the frame are determined, tlie several parts must be designed 
to withstand them. It is not the purpose here to proportion 
the members of a truss and work out the details. The action 
of materials under applied forces, the method of calculating 
beams, ties, and struts, and the proper designing of connec- 
tions and details are discussed at length in the author's 
" Structural Mechanics." 

As materials, if repeatedly strained to an amount at all 
approaching the breaking strain, will fail sooner or later, the 



severe action weakening them, and as we must provide for 
unforeseen and unknown defects of material and workman- 
ship, as well as for more or less of shock and \ibration, it is 
customary to so proportion the several parts of a structure 
that they will be able to resist without failure much larger 
forces than those obtained from the stress diagrams. The 
smaller the load or stress on a piece the greater number of 
applications and removals before the piece is injured or 
broken. If the stress is reduced so much by increase of 
cross-section of the member that the j)iece will safely sustain 
an indefinitely great number of repetitions of it, such cross- 
section will be the proper one for a piece in a bridge or 

The stress arising from a stationary load, such as the weight 
of the structure, which is constant, is not so trying as repeated 
application and release of the same stress. The heavy wind- 
stresses determined in the previous chapters are not likely to 
occur more than once or twice, if at all, in the life of the 
structure. Hence good practice wall authorize the employ- 
ment of stresses some fifty per cent, in excess of those consid- 
ered allowable in first-class bridge structures and those sub- 
jected to frequent change of load, to shock and vibration. 

96. Allowable Stresses. — In accordance with this view, 
the following values may be used, where the wind-pressure of 
Chapter IV. has been allowed for. 


White Oak 

Long-leaf Southern Pine. . 

Oregon Pine or Fir 

White Pine (Eastern) 


Wrought Iron. 

" " best quality. 

Soft Steel , 

Medium Steel 






















sion with 


sion across 



Shear with 












The above values must not be applied to parts subjected to 
mo^dng loads, such as floor-beams and suspending rods for 
same, unless the load is moderate in total amount and very 
gradually ajjplied and removed. For bridge work they must 
be reduced from '20 to 33 per cent. 

97. Tension Members.— Pieces in tension will be liable to 
break at the smallest cross-section. It is therefore economi- 
cal to enlarge the screw-ends of long iron rods and bolts so 
that the cross- section at the bottom of the threads shall be 
at least as large as at any other point. It is desirable that 
the centre of resistance of the cross- section of struts and ties 
shall coincide with the centre of figure, as a deviation from 
that j)osition greatly weakens the piece. To calculate the net 
or smallest cross-section of a tension member where the pull 
is axial or central it is sufficient to divide the force by the safe 
working tensile stress. Allowance must be made for diminu- 
tion of cross-section by any cutting away, bolt or rivet holes. 

98. Compression Members. — For very short pieces or 
blocks in compression, whose lengths do not exceed six times 
the least dimension, the same process may be followed. But 
as the length increases the strut has a tendency to yield 
sideways when compressed, and the cross-section must be 
increased. Let I be the length of the strut in inches, h ita 
least external diameter in inches, and r the least radius of gyra- 
tion of its cross-section in inches. Then the safe mean work- 
ing compressive stress, to be used as a divisor of the given 
force, to find the cross-section of the strut, will be, for piecee 
with flat, securely bedded ends, or ends fixed in direction by 
bolting or riveting. 

Southern Pine 1200 - 12-. 


White Pine 1000 - loj-. 

Soft Steel 12500 - 42-. 


Medium Steel 13750 - 48-. 



If the struts are jointed at their ends bj pin connections, 
or are so narrow as to readily yield sideways at these points^ 
double the subtractive term in the preceding formulas. 

The hand-books issued by the steel manufacturers give the 
sections and weights of the various rolled shapes, the values 
of r for different axes, the safe loads for beams of different 
spans, details of construction, and miscellaneous useful infor- 
mation. The inexperienced designer should exercise great 
care in computing compression members, and be sure that the 
least radius of gyration is used in the formula. 

Pieces subjected alternately to tension and compression 
should have a materially larger section than would be required 
for either stress alone. 

Cast iron is not in favor with the best designers for any 

but short compression pieces, packing blocks and pedestals, 

although it is still employed for columns. The formula for 

cast iron may be 15,000 — 50-. 

99. Beams. — The values of / to be used in the moment of 
resistance, for pieces subjected to bending, are marked bend- 
ing stress in the preceding table. In determining the moment 
of resistance of a piece exposed to bending, or in calculating- 
the cross-section required at the point of maximum bending^ 
moment, allowance must be made for portions cut away on. 
the tension side in attaching fastenings, bolting or riveting 
together parts, and also on the compression side unless the 
holes, etc., are so tightly filled that the compression can be 
fairly considered as resisted by those portions also. 

Those pieces which resist both a bending moment and a 
direct stress may first be designed to safely carry the bending 
moment, and then the dimension transverse to that in which 
the piece will bend may be so much increased that the added 
slice will resist the direct pull or thrust. If that force is 
thrust, it will be well to test the size of the piece by the for- 
mula on the preceding page. 

100. Pins and Eyes. — A reasonable rule for proportioning; 


pins and eyes of tension bars is as follows : — Make the diam- 
eter of the pin from three-fourths to four-fifths of the width 
of the bar in flats, and one and one-fourth times the diameter 
of the bar iu rounds, giving the eye a sectional area of fifty 
per cent, in excess of that of the bar. The thickness of flat 
bars should be at least one-fourth of the width in order to 
secure a good bearing surface on the pin, and the metal at the 
eyes should be as thick as the bars. As tlie bending moment 
on a pin generally determines its diameter, pieces assembled 
on a pin should be packed closely, and thojs:; having ojiposing 
stresses should be brought into juxtaposition if possible. 

101. Details. — Very close attention must be given to all 
minor details ; to so proportion all the parts of a joint that it 
will be no more likely to yield in one way than another ; to 
■weaken as little as possible the pieces connected at a splice ; 
to give suflicient bearing surface so as to bring the intensity 
of the comj)ression on the surface within proper limits : to 
distribute rivets and bolts so as to give the greatest resist- 
ance with the least cutting away of other parts ; to keep the 
action line of every piece as near its axis as possible ; and to 
examine all sections and parts for tension, compression, and 
shear. The failure of a joint or connection is as fatal to a 
frame as to have a member too small for the stress upon it. 

The following sections are quoted from the author's " Struc- 
tural Mechauics " : 

102. Framing of Timler: Splices. — Sketches XL to 
XVI. in Plate IV. represent diflereut methods of splicing a 
timber tie. In each case the smallest cross-section of the 
timber determines the amount of tension that can be trans- 
mitted. The shoulders are in compression, and the longitu- 
dinal planes between the shoulders are in shear. In XI., for 
equal strength, the depth of the two opposite shoulders or 
indents should be to the remaining depth of the timber as the 
safe unit tensile stress is to the safe unit compression along 
the grain. The shearing length, on either timber or clamp, 
should be to the depth of shoulder as the safe unit compres- 


sion is to the safe unit sliear. In actual practice, unless con- 
siderable dependence is placed upon the resistance of the 
bolts against shearing through the timber, the splice should 
be much longer than shown. If the two clamps are of stronger 
wood than the main timber, they need not together have so 
much depth as the net depth of the timber. The iron strap 
in XIY. illustrates the same principle. The bolts are usually- 
small, and serve mainly to balance the moment set up on each 
clamp by the pressure on the shoulder and the tension in the 
neck. The modification in XII. permits the introduction of the 
bolts without reducing the net section of the timber. In XIIL, 
each indent is only half the previous depth, with obvious 
economy of the main timber, and increase of shearing area of 
clamp and timber without lengthening the clamps. It is much 
more difiicult to fashion, however, and it is not probable that 
both shoulders on one half will bear equally. 

XV. and XVI. are scarfed joints. The tension sections, 
the compression shoulders and the longitudinal shearing 
planes should again be properly proportioned here. In XV., 
but one-third of the timber is available, if unit tension and 
compression have the same numerical value, while in XVI. 
one-half of the stick is useful; but the latter joint is more 
troublesome to fashion. The bolts serve to resist the moment 
which tends to open the joint, and, by resisting it, cause a 
fairly uniform distribution of stress in the critical section. 
The bolt-holes do not weaken the timber. Sometimes the ex- 
treme ends of the scarf are undercut to check the tendency to 
spring out when the bolts are not used. Keys may be driven 
through places cut for them at the shoulders. The joint can 
then be readily assembled and forced to place. These sketches 
show that timber, although possessing good tensile strength, 
is ill-adapted for ties, on account of the great loss of section 
in connections and joints. 

103. Struts and Ties. — The connection of a strut and 
tie in wood is illustrated in II., III., IV. and VII. The shrink- 
ago of the pieces of II. in seasoning tends to open botli por- 


tions of the joint by changing the angles ; but the bearing of 
the strut is still central, if only on a small area. The com- 
pression of the tie across the grain may be large in such a 
case, and the introduction of a block, as in IV., will remedy 
such a difficulty as well as that from shrinkage. The block 
below is the wall-plate, for distributing the truss load along 
the wall. It is subjected to compression across the grain. 

If the shearing area to the left in these four cases is not suf- 
ficient, the bolt or strap is a wise provision to take up the 
horizontal component. The bolt, if a little oblique to the strut, 
as shown, holds at once by tension, to some degree, and not 
alone by shear. It also relieves the smallest section of the tie 
from a part of the tension. The square shoulders of III. are 
good, if the timber is seasoned, as the bearing is then over the 
whole end of the strut, and the tie is not weakened any more 
than in II., while the joint is more simply laid out. The strap 
of VII. gives a satisfactory bearing for the strut, but the fast- 
enings of such a strap are often weaker than the strap itself. 
The holes in it may well be enlarged hot, without removal of 
metal and diminution of cross-section. 

In VIII., IX. and X. are shown connections of struts which 
may at some time be called on to resist tension, or which may 
be relieved of stress and become loose. The tenon in VIII. 
must be pinned to carry tension; and the pin will resist but 
little before shearing out of the tenon or splitting oflf the side 
of the other timber by tension across the grain. The tenon 
should be fashioned as indicated, with sufficient area at the 
left-hand edge to carry the perpendicular component of the 
thrust of the strut as compression across the grain, and suf- 
ficient cross-section not to shear off. The size of the strut 
must be determined, not only by the column strength, but by 
the area necessary to prevent crushing the piece against which 
it abuts. This remark applies to IX. and X. also. The abil- 
ity of IX. to carry tension depends on the resistance of the 
nut, which is slipped into a hole at the side, to shearing out 
along the strut, or crushing the fibres on which it bears, the 


latter method of failure being the more likely, unless the nut 
is quite near the end of the strut. The strap on X. is very 
effective, and the arrangement, if inverted, will serve as a sus- 
pending piece, although a rod is better. Many of these con- 
nections are serviceable in other positions. 

To keep a strut from crushing the side of a timber, a con- 
nection may be employed, as in the lower part of I. This 
device may be economical, if a number of such joints are to 
be made, and it is superior to a mortise in work exposed to 
the weather, as there is no place for water to lodge. The post 
in XVIII. is capped by a similar device for distributing and 
thus reducing the unit pressure on the other piece. Lateral 
displacement is provided against in both cases by ribs on the 

Strut connections are shown in XIX. and XX., with a tie- 
rod in addition. The broad, flat washer reduces the unit com- 
pressive stress on the wood under it : the lip keeps water out 
of the joint. Shrinkage and a slight deflection of the frame 
under a load will cause the mitre joint in XIX to bear at the 
top only, throwing the resultant stress out of the axis of the 
respective compression members and causing the unit com. 
pression at top edge of the joint to be very high. The joint 
in XX. gives a better centre pressure, and is easily made ; 
the upper piece is simply notched for one-half its depth, and 
the upper and lower edges come on the mitre line of XIX. 
The connection of XX ., by the insertion of an iron plate or 
a block of wood, secures a certain continuity or rigidity in 
the joint, to resist a moderate amount of bending moment. 
The two pieces might have been halved together. XXYI. is 
like VIII., without provision for tension, which is usually un- 
necessary. The roof purlin with its block is also shown in 
relative position. 

104. Beam Connections. — In I. and XVIII. are shown 
supports of beams on posts. The double or split cap of I. is 
serviceable where several posts are to be connected laterally, 
as in a trestle bent, and it is desired to do away with mortises. 


Bolts sliould be put transversely through the caps and top 
of the post. A comparatively wide bearing for the beam, 
without the use of large timber caps, may be here secured. 
Lateral bracing, as in XXVIII., will be needed. An indirect 
and intermediate support for a beam, by two inclined braces, 
is seen in XXV., and the reverse case is represented in XXVII. 
A mortise and tenon of usual proportions are shown in XVII. 
The ordinary wall bearing for joists may be seen in the lower 
left-hand corner. The slanting end is a wise provision to pre- 
vent harmful action of the loaded joist on the wall, and it pro- 
motes ventilation of the timber. 

The usual way of connecting two floor joists or beams, 
when their upper surfaces are to be at one level, is drawn in 
VI. The nearer the mortises are to the neutral axis, the less 
the weakening of the pieces in which they are cut ; on the 
other hand, the farther the two tenons are aj^art, the more 
firmly is the tenoned joist held against lateral twist. The 
shouldered tenon, indicated by the dotted lines at the left, is 
designed to attain both objects, to weaken the mortised piece 
as little as possible and to have a considerable depth of tenon, 
as well as a long tongue projecting entirely through. The 
work of framing is considerably more than in the former 

105. Wooden Built Beams. — If seasoned material is at 
hand, and large timbers are too expensive, a useful beam 
may be built up by placing planks, from two to four inches 
thick, edge to edge, and then thoroughly nailing or spiking 
boards on both sides at an angle of 45° with the length of the 
beam, and sloping in opposite directions on the two sides. By 
due regard to jointing and nailing a beam of considerable span 
may be made at moderate cost. The construction can be 
doubled if necessary. 

Another compound beam is seen m XXV. The keys and 
bolts resist the shear along the neutral axis ; the horizontal 
sticks are butted together on the compression side, and are 
strapped by the metal clamp indicated to carry tension, if 


necessary. The small block behind the clamp keeps it in 

106. Curved Beams. — Planks placed side by side, as in 
XXII., cut to the form of a curved beam or arched rib, and 
bolted together to prevent individual lateral yielding, are quite 
effective, if the grain of the wood does not cross the curve too 
obliquely. Hence, when the curvature is considerable, it may 
be advisable to use short lengths, which must break joint in 
the several parallel pieces. It is well to make a deduction of 
one piece in computing the strength of the member at any 
section. The ratio of strength of this combination, when well 
bolted together, to that of a solid stick may be considered to 
be as 71 — 1 to n, where n is the number of layers. 

If the planks are bent to the curve and laid upon one 
another, as in XXIII, this combination is not nearly so effect- 
ive as the former, but it can be more cheaply made. The 
lack of efficiency arises from the unsatisfactory resistance 
offered to shear between the layers by the bolts or spikes. 
The strength to resist bending moment will be intermediate 
between that of a solid timber and that of the several planks 
of which it is composed, with a deduction of one for a prob- 
able joint. 

If the curved member has a direct force acting upon it 
and a moment arising from its curvature, the treatment will 
follow the same lines; but the joints, if there are any, will be 
more detrimental in case there is tension at any section. 
Such curved pieces are sometimes used in open timber trusses 
for effect, but their efficiency is low on account of the large 
moment due to the curvature. XXIL is the stiffer. 

The joints and connecting parts in all timber construction 
should be jjroportioned in detail for such tension, compression 
and shear as they may have to withstand. Often the three 
kinds of stress occur in different parts of one joint or connec- 

107. Iron Roof-truss. — Joints I. to IV., Plate V., 
represent ways of connecting the several pieces of a compara- 


tively liglit roof-truss. All the members are made with angles, 
and at several points both legs of the tension angles are fast- 
ened. Joint I. comes between II. and III., and IV. comes 
perpendicularly opposite it. The number of rivets in each of 
the ties and centre member of II. depends upon the force in 
the particular piece and the rivet shearing value and bearing 
value in the thinnest piece. The number of rivets in the raf- 
ter likewise depends upon the force it carries, unless the two 
rafters are supposed to abut and to transmit so much of the 
horizontal component as does not come through the inclined 
ties, a treatment not to be commended. The two angle-irons 
of the rafter, being in compression, should be connected at 
intervals by a rivet and filling piece or thimble. The number 
of rivets through the rafter and connection plate at I. need only 
be enough to transmit the force from one diagonal to the raf- 
ter. Study the necessity for rivets, and do not add all the 
rivets in abutting pieces to obtain the number in a main 

Similarly, in IV., the first four or possibly five rivets on 
the left in the horizontal member balance the rivets in the 
inclined tie on the right ; the six remaining rivets seen and 
three others unseen, on the left of the splice, balance the same 
number in the smaller angle. Note how, by an extension of 
the connecting plate and a short plate below, the main tie is 
neatly spliced and reduced in section. 

The rafter at III. has more rivets than at the upper end 
because the thrust is somewhat greater. The rivets in the tie 
at that connection will practically equal those at the other end 
of the same piece. The black holes at VI. indicate the rivets 
to be inserted at the time of erection, and these should, in good 
practice, exceed the number called for in joints riveted in the 
shop. They must carry the load and resist the moment of the 
horizontal component due to the wind pressure, which passes 
down the post IX. as shear. The post is subjected to bend- 
ing moment as well as compression, and hence has one dimen- 
sion much greater than the other. Bracing perpendicular to 


the plane of the truss is needed to resist wind pressure on the 
end of the structure. Columns and comjDression members, in 
structural work of any kind, if joined one to another, must be 
thoroughly stayed against lateral movement. 

Pin-connected roof-trusses resemble in their details the 
joints of the next section. 

108. Pin-connected Bridge. — Ordinary details in a pin- 
jointed bridge truss of moderate span are shown in VII., VIII. 
and XVI. The position of the splice in the top chord is near 
the pin. The splice-plate may be extended to reinforce the 
pinhole, if required. The ends of the chord pieces are 
machined plane and parallel, and only enough rivets are then 
used in the splice to insure the alignment. The pin is usually 
placed in the centre of gravity of the chord section. The 
connection plates are seen below, to keep the sides of the 
chord from spreading; the rest of the panel length is usually 
laced. Another chord section, employing channels, is drawn 
at XI. 

XII., XIII. and XIV. show sections for posts. They offer 
facilities for the central support of floor-beams. Post flanges 
are sometimes turned out, sometimes in. The floor-beam, of 
plate-girder type, is riveted at XVI. to the post through the 
holes shown. This attachment stiffens the trusses laterally 
and is much superior to hangers. Top and bottom lateral 
bracing, to convey the wind pressure to the abutments, is 
needed in the planes of the chords, and portal bracing at 
each end to throw the wind pressure from the top system into 
the end posts, which convey it to the abutments as shear, 
with the accompanying bending moments in those posts. 

The posts go inside of the top chord, as do the main 
diagonals or ties, which come next to the posts. The bottom 
chord bars are on the outside, one of those running towards 
the middle of the span being usually the farthest out. 

109. Riveted Bridges. — A riveted Warren girder or 
latticed truss is shown below. These details are not for con- 
secutive joints. The increase of chord section, when neces- 


sary, is indicated at XIX. If the truss is loaded on the top, 
interior diagonal bracing, drawn at XXI., must be used. 
When the truss is a lattice, the web members are connected 
at intersections to stiffen the compression members, as at 
XX., or preferably as at V, or at XV., if the web is double. 
Horizontal lateral bracing must not be overlooked. 

X. is one form of section of a solid bridge floor. Beet- 
angular sections are also used. 






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Action of wind 2i 

Allowable stresses 74 

Analysis, order of 5 

Beams, designing 76 

Bending moment 61 

" " formula 63 

" " from equilibri- 
um polygon 66 

Bending moment on rafter 59 

Bracket truss 12 

Cambering lower tie, effect of . . . 14 

Change of diagonal 18, 42 

Compression and tension, to dis- 
tinguish between 6, 32 

Compression members, designing 75 

Curb roof, truss for 33 

" " without roller 34 

" " with roller 36 

Curved members 46 

Curved roof-truss 37 

Details 77 

Diagonal, change of 18, 42 

' ' reversal of 53 

Diagonals in same quadrilateral, 

two 18 

Distribution of load 15 

Equilibrium polygon 64 to 67 

Eyebars 76 

Example, general 56 

Flat roofs, trusses for 16 

Fink truss 13. 54 

Forces not applied to joints — 50, 59 

Hammer-beam truss 46, 55 

" " " amount of 
horizontal thrust 47 


Horizontal thrust .ndeterminate. . 48 

" " trusses with 44 

Howe truss 20 

Imaginary f Drees, use of 50, 58 

Inclined forces, trusses under. .22, 33 

' ' reactions 7, 8 

Irregular section, moment of re- 
sistance of 69 

I section, moment of resistance, 70 

Joints, loads between. 50. 59 

" loads on all 14,19 

King-post truss 9 

Lateral bracing 72 

Load and details 72 

" between joints 50. 59 

" on all joints 14, 19 

Lower tie, effect of cambering 14 

Materials under stress, action of, 73 

" weight of 72 

Method of trial and error 55 

Moment, bending 61 

Moment, formula for bending. ... 63 
from equilibrium poly- 
gon 66 

Moment of resistance 62 

" " " irregular sec- 
tion 69 

Moment of resistance, I section. . . 70 
" " " rectangular 

section 67 

Moment of resistance, T section. .. 68 
Moments, reactions found by. .17, 21 

Moving load 21 

Notation 2 

Order of analysis 5 





Pins 77 

Pulonceau truss 13, 54 

Polygou, equilibrium 64, Ho 

Pratt truss 20 

Pressure, wind- 23 

Principle of reciprocity 6 

Queen-post truss 16 

Kafier, bending moment on 59 

Railroad-station roof 53, 56 

KeactioQS found by moments, 

17, 21, 24 

Reactions from wind 24, 28. 35 

Reciprocity, principle of 6 

Rectangle, moment of resistance, 67 

Resistance, moment of 6"i 

" " " for various 

sections 67 to 70 

Reversal of diagonal 53 

Roller bearing, effect of 27, 36 

Roof, truss to conform to 19 

Roof -truss, wooden 10 

Scissor truss 44 

Snow diagram 33 

Snow, weight of 73 

Special solutions 53 

Stress, action of materials under. . 73 

" determining kind of 6, 32 

Stresses, allowable 74 

" in triangular frame 3, 4 

Superfluous pieces 11 

Tension and compression, to dis- 
tinguish between 6, 32 

Tension members, designing 75 

Three forces unknown 13, 53 

Trapezoidal truss, equal loads. ... 16 
" " unequal loads, 16 

Trial and error, method of 55 

Triangle of forces 1 

" " external forces 2, 4 


Triangular truss. .. . 7 

Truss conforming to shape of 

equilibrium polygon 16, 39 

Truss for curb or mansard roof. .. 33 

Truss, Fink 13, 54 

Hammer-beam 46, 55 

Howe 20 

" King-post 9 

Pratt 20 

" Polonceau 13,54 

" Queen-post 16 

" Scissor 44 

" Trapezoidal 16 

' ' Warren 19 

Truss to conform to roof 19 

" with roller bearing 27, ::6 

Trusses for flat roofs 16 

" halls 18 

" under vertical forces 7, 16 

" inclined " ...22,33 

" with horizontal thrust 44 

T section, moment of resistance, 68 
Use of two diagonals in quadri- 
lateral 18, 40 

Vertical forces, trusses under..?, 16 

Warren girder 19 

Weight of materials 72 

Wind, action of 22 

" diagram, reactions, 24, 28. 29, 41 
stresses, 25, 30, 34, 43 
" on alternate sides, change of 

stress 26, 31, 43 

Wind-pressure 23 

" " on curb or man- 
sard roofs 33 

Wind-pressure on curved roofs.. 37 
" " " pitched or ga- 
ble roofs 23 

Wooden roof -truss 10 






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