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Especially as the decisions about positive and negative are made by personal whim. However they have to be made and adhered to or the bending moment diagrams become chaotic. Similar decisions have to be made about shear forces, but here the situation is more incomprehensible. As shear forces are pairs of forces, the sign decisions have to be made about these pairs. A possible sign convention is shown in the following figure. Building structures 46 Fig. 25 Again this decision is made by personal whim!
48 Similarly a series of shear force diagrams could be drawn. 4 Load paths Often the edges of floor slabs are supported by beams and the beams are supported by columns. The slab spans two ways on to the beams and the beams, together with the columns, forms a series of portal frames. Fig. 49 The slab carries the load to the beams by a system of bending moments and shear forces acting in two directions. At the edges of the slab there are vertical reactions which balance the load on the slab. In turn, these reactions cause loads on the portal frames.
Fig. 19 And the balancing forces themselves have to be balanced by forces on the face of the slice. Fig. 20 It is these pairs of up and down forces that are called shear forces, because their effect is to shear the slice. Fig. 21 Like bending moments, shear forces will, in general, vary along a beam. So, in a similar way to bending moment diagrams, shear force diagrams can be drawn. Internal forces 45 Fig. 22 To make more sense of bending moment and shear force diagrams the vexed question of the sign of a bending moment or shear force must be answered.
Building Structures by Sue Minter