Glossary

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A system of forces applied to a structure . Many of these occur so often that in some design offices they can be standardised. Rolling loads such as railway trains are particular examples.

The word is applied to the forces in individual members, too. A member is said to be "loaded" when a force is exerted on it. A structure is loaded when it bears the forces imposed on it by its own weight and/or external forces such as travelling loads, wind and thermal effects.

 



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