DEFLECTION OF BEAMS AND CANTILEVERS KIT
This kit includes different beams and fixing blocks. The fixing blocks
work as clamps or knife-edge supports. They hold the beams in different ways,
such as a cantilever, simply supported, fixed (encastre) and a propped
Students set up a beam on the supports and add weights to deflect the
beams. An accurate dial indicator measures the deflection at the point of
The choice of different beams allow extra experiments, showing the
relationships between beam deflection and ‘I’ (second moment of area) value.
They also allow comparisons of different beam material and how it affects
deflection, introducing Young’s Modulus.
Students also use the cantilever for easy experiments showing the
relationship between beam length and deflection.
This versatile kit is part of a series that allows many experiments
using different arrangements of their parts. Students, teachers or lecturers
fit the parts of the kit to the Work Panel (ES1) (supplied
separately) to study or show an engineering science topic.
TecQuipment supply digital versions of all the worksheets, guidance
notes and lecturer notes (with answers) needed for typical experiments with
each kit. The selection of parts in the kits and the choice of fixing points on
the work panel means that teachers or lecturers may extend the experiments to
an even greater range.
Beam length and
Beam material and
deflection (Young’s Modulus)
Beam ‘I’ value
(cantilever, propped cantilever, fixed beam and simply supported) and