Category Archives: Excel

The Conjugate Beam Method

The Conjugate Beam Method is a variation of the Moment-Area Method that allows beam slopes and deflections to be calculated purely from the calculation of shear forces and bending moments of the beam with (in some cases) modified support conditions.  Both methods were … Continue reading

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3D Frame analyses with spring releases – 2

The latest version of the 3DFrame spreadsheet (previously presented here) includes provision for spring end releases, allowing for either rotational or translational springs in any direction.  These springs are now incorporated in the model by adjustment of the beam properties, … Continue reading

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On the probability of frog croaks.

A recent logical puzzle from TED discussed the probability of one of two frogs being female, if we know that at least one of them is male: This puzzle is discussed (arriving at different conclusions) here: and puzzles of this … Continue reading

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Transferring and converting strings in Excel and Python

The load table for the 3D Frame spreadsheet has a column listing the global axis for each load as text (X, Y, or Z).  In the VBA version the table is converted to a variant array, and the axes are handled … Continue reading

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Brent’s Method and a daft engineer’s blog

Browsing links on Brent’s Method I found: Daft Engineer – Numerical Methods and Excel* which is well worth a look (plenty of stuff on statistics and Python, with the odd dash of Excel).  The link has VBA code for a … Continue reading

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3D Frames, axes and stiffness matrices

In the course of adding provision for spring end releases to the 3DFrame spreadsheet, I have also tidied up the code for generating the structure stiffness matrix, and added some documentation to the spreadsheet.  The revised spreadsheet (version 2.02) can … Continue reading

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3DFrame with spring releases

Following the previous post I have added similar functionality to the 3DFrame spreadsheet.  The new file can be downloaded from: 3DFrame.zip As before, see Installing C# dll files, reminder for details of installing the supplied dll files, which provide much better … Continue reading

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