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Column Buckling and Slenderness Ratio

In this lab, three different lengths of plastic I-beams are tested under compression to investigate their method of failure. The way in which a member fails (buckling or not) is determined by its Slenderness Ratio, which is calculated for each beam. This lab also covers the Radius of Gyration and the Area Moment of Inertia.

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Column Buckling and Slenderness Ratio