Cantilever, beam supported at one end and carrying a load at the other end or distributed along the unsupported portion. The upper half of the thickness of such a beam is subjected to tensile stress, tending to elongate the fibres, the lower half to compressive stress, tending to crush them.
How Do Cantilevers Work?
A cantilever is a beam that is supported at only one end. The other end of the beam is free to move. This makes cantilevers very strong.
They are often used in construction. The word cantilever comes from the Latin word “cantus”, which means song. The word was first used in the 17th century.
It referred to a type of bracket that was used to support a balcony. Cantilevers are used in a variety of ways. One common use is to support a deck or porch.
Cantilevers can also be used to support roofs and bridges. Cantilevers are strong because they have a low center of gravity. The weight of the beam is concentrated at the base.
This makes the beam less likely to tip over. Cantilevers can be made from a variety of materials, including wood, steel, and concrete. Wooden cantilevers are often used in construction.
They are easy to work with and are not as heavy as steel beams. Steel cantilevers are very strong. They are often used in bridges and skyscrapers. Concrete cantilevers are the strongest type of cantilever