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Structural Design for the Stage by Bradley L Powers, Steven A Schmidt, Ben Sammler, Alys Holden

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Sawn Lumber Beam Design

INTRODUCTION

Beams made of many different materials can be used to support a given loading condition. The choice depends on several factors, including availability, relative cost, workability, and the strength of the material. Selecting a material (wood, steel, aluminum, etc.) is the next step in beam design. Material choice can radically alter the size of the beam as well as affect connection details.

WOOD AND ITS PROPERTIES

Wood is the most commonly used construction material in theatrical scenery. It is inexpensive, versatile, and strong for its weight. Wood comes in a variety of forms, including rough-hewn boards, dressed boards, plywood, chipboard, and engineered wood products such as Oriented-Strand Board and wooden ...

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