The STRUCTURES range enables clear and comprehensive learning of structural STATICS covering a variety of theories and topics within Architectural, Mechanical, Civil and Structural Engineering.
These include FORCE, BENDING, SHEAR, ELASTICITY, BEAMS, ARCHED BRIDGES, SUSPENSION BRIDGES, TRUSSES, FRAMEWORKS and PORTALS. The STRUCTURES hardware can be connected to the Hi-Tech Education HDA200 Interface creating a stand alone solution within the laboratory. Alternatively the STRUCTURES hardware can be fully Data Acquisitioned in conjunction with the experiment software. With the software the students can benefit from a wider learning experience.

HST4 Three Hinged Arch

A model Three Hinged Arch to investigate the horizontal thrust of its springing and calculation of its influence line. Symmetrical and unsymmetrical bridge sections are supplied to vary the experimental range of this experiment. Uniformly distributed loads and tandem rolling loads are supplied.

HST5 Two Hinged Parabolic Arch

A Parabolic Two hinged Arch is used to compare horizontal reaction forces with simplified theory and to enable students to study and create influence lines.

HST7 Deflection of Frame

This experiment takes students through the process of determining deflections by the unit load method, and then using the deflections of a portal frame to analyse a two-pinned portal. Through horizontal and vertical loading, the deflections of simply supported frames can be compared against theory using Castigliano’s theorem and Simpson’s rule.

HST8 Plastic Bending of Portals

Students study the collapse mechanism of two portal frames when subjected to simultaneous horizontal and vertical loading. They can then calculate and verify the position of greatest bending moment where plastic hinging is likely to form.

HST9 Shear Force in a Beam

This visually realistic experiment teaches students about the action of shear at a “cut” section in a beam and allows comparison of the measured values with theory. The apparatus emphasises both negative and positive shear.

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