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What shape is best to use in the construction of a building's support beams?



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Support beams in building are usually made from steel and are shaped as I's (I beams). This shape, with the wide flanges, combines strength with rigidity to give an overall good beam. The wider the flanges are on the beam, the higher the moment of inertia (resistance to motion), and hence the better the beam. You could probably find books on this in the library.

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