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For a simply supported beam in a single span, the maximum displacement w_max and the maximum normal stress stress_max occur at the center of the beam.
The tabulated data listed in this page are calculated based on the area moment of inertia (Ixx = 425 in4) for the W12 × 53 Wide Flange Steel I Beam and the typical Young's modulus (E = 3.046 × 107 psi) of steels. Note that the typical yielding stress Yield of steels can range from 1.015 × 104 to 2.970 × 105 psi. The purpose of this page is to give a rough estimation of the load-bearing capacity of this particular beam, rather than a guideline for designing actual building structures. Please check your local building codes for regulatory requirements.

Note: The weight of the beam itself is not included in the calculation.
L = 3 ft
L = 5 ft
L = 10 ft
L = 15 ft
L = 20 ft
L = 25 ft
L = 30 ft
L = 40 ft
L = 50 ft
L = 60 ft
L = 70 ft
L = 80 ft
L = 90 ft
L = 100 ft
  
Steel I Beam: W12 × 53 (Wide Flange 12 inch tall × 53 lbf/ft)
L = 3.00 ft
P (lbf/ft) w_max (in) stress_max (psi)
53.0 7.46 × 10-6 10.2
60.0 8.45 × 10-6 11.5
70.0 9.86 × 10-6 13.4
80.0 1.13 × 10-5 15.3
90.0 1.27 × 10-5 17.2
100 1.41 × 10-5 19.2
200 2.82 × 10-5 38.3
300 4.22 × 10-5 57.5
400 5.63 × 10-5 76.6
500 7.04 × 10-5 95.8
600 8.45 × 10-5 115
700 9.86 × 10-5 134
800 1.13 × 10-4 153
900 1.27 × 10-4 172
1000 1.41 × 10-4 192
2000 2.82 × 10-4 383
3000 4.22 × 10-4 575
4000 5.63 × 10-4 766
5000 7.04 × 10-4 958
6000 8.45 × 10-4 1150
7000 9.86 × 10-4 1340
8000 0.00113 1530
9000 0.00127 1720
1.00 × 104 0.00141 1920
2.00 × 104 0.00282 3830
3.00 × 104 0.00422 5750
4.00 × 104 0.00563 7660
5.00 × 104 0.00704 9580
6.00 × 104 0.00845 1.15 × 104
7.00 × 104 0.00986 1.34 × 104
8.00 × 104 0.0113 1.53 × 104
9.00 × 104 0.0127 1.72 × 104
1.00 × 105 0.0141 1.92 × 104
2.00 × 105 0.0282 3.83 × 104
3.00 × 105 0.0422 5.75 × 104
4.00 × 105 0.0563 7.66 × 104
5.00 × 105 0.0704 9.58 × 104
6.00 × 105 0.0845 1.15 × 105
7.00 × 105 0.0986 1.34 × 105
8.00 × 105 0.113 1.53 × 105
9.00 × 105 0.127 1.72 × 105
1.00 × 106 0.141 1.92 × 105
1.55 × 106 0.218 2.97 × 105
Steel I Beam: W12 × 53 (Wide Flange 12 inch tall × 53 lbf/ft)
L = 5.00 ft
P (lbf/ft) w_max (in) stress_max (psi)
53.0 5.76 × 10-5 28.2
60.0 6.52 × 10-5 31.9
70.0 7.60 × 10-5 37.2
80.0 8.69 × 10-5 42.6
90.0 9.78 × 10-5 47.9
100 1.09 × 10-4 53.2
200 2.17 × 10-4 106
300 3.26 × 10-4 160
400 4.35 × 10-4 213
500 5.43 × 10-4 266
600 6.52 × 10-4 319
700 7.60 × 10-4 372
800 8.69 × 10-4 426
900 9.78 × 10-4 479
1000 0.00109 532
2000 0.00217 1060
3000 0.00326 1600
4000 0.00435 2130
5000 0.00543 2660
6000 0.00652 3190
7000 0.00760 3720
8000 0.00869 4260
9000 0.00978 4790
1.00 × 104 0.0109 5320
2.00 × 104 0.0217 1.06 × 104
3.00 × 104 0.0326 1.60 × 104
4.00 × 104 0.0435 2.13 × 104
5.00 × 104 0.0543 2.66 × 104
6.00 × 104 0.0652 3.19 × 104
7.00 × 104 0.0760 3.72 × 104
8.00 × 104 0.0869 4.26 × 104
9.00 × 104 0.0978 4.79 × 104
1.00 × 105 0.109 5.32 × 104
2.00 × 105 0.217 1.06 × 105
3.00 × 105 0.326 1.60 × 105
4.00 × 105 0.435 2.13 × 105
5.00 × 105 0.543 2.66 × 105
5.58 × 105 0.606 2.97 × 105
Steel I Beam: W12 × 53 (Wide Flange 12 inch tall × 53 lbf/ft)
L = 10.0 ft
P (lbf/ft) w_max (in) stress_max (psi)
53.0 9.21 × 10-4 113
60.0 0.00104 128
70.0 0.00122 149
80.0 0.00139 170
90.0 0.00156 192
100 0.00174 213
200 0.00348 426
300 0.00521 638
400 0.00695 851
500 0.00869 1060
600 0.0104 1280
700 0.0122 1490
800 0.0139 1700
900 0.0156 1920
1000 0.0174 2130
2000 0.0348 4260
3000 0.0521 6380
4000 0.0695 8510
5000 0.0869 1.06 × 104
6000 0.104 1.28 × 104
7000 0.122 1.49 × 104
8000 0.139 1.70 × 104
9000 0.156 1.92 × 104
1.00 × 104 0.174 2.13 × 104
2.00 × 104 0.348 4.26 × 104
3.00 × 104 0.521 6.38 × 104
4.00 × 104 0.695 8.51 × 104
5.00 × 104 0.869 1.06 × 105
6.00 × 104 1.04 1.28 × 105
7.00 × 104 1.22 1.49 × 105
8.00 × 104 1.39 1.70 × 105
9.00 × 104 1.56 1.92 × 105
1.00 × 105 1.74 2.13 × 105
1.40 × 105 2.43 2.97 × 105
Steel I Beam: W12 × 53 (Wide Flange 12 inch tall × 53 lbf/ft)
L = 15.0 ft
P (lbf/ft) w_max (in) stress_max (psi)
53.0 0.00466 254
60.0 0.00528 287
70.0 0.00616 335
80.0 0.00704 383
90.0 0.00792 431
100 0.00880 479
200 0.0176 958
300 0.0264 1440
400 0.0352 1920
500 0.0440 2390
600 0.0528 2870
700 0.0616 3350
800 0.0704 3830
900 0.0792 4310
1000 0.0880 4790
2000 0.176 9580
3000 0.264 1.44 × 104
4000 0.352 1.92 × 104
5000 0.440 2.39 × 104
6000 0.528 2.87 × 104
7000 0.616 3.35 × 104
8000 0.704 3.83 × 104
9000 0.792 4.31 × 104
1.00 × 104 0.880 4.79 × 104
2.00 × 104 1.76 9.58 × 104
3.00 × 104 2.64 1.44 × 105
4.00 × 104 3.52 1.92 × 105
5.00 × 104 4.40 2.39 × 105
6.00 × 104 5.28 2.87 × 105
6.20 × 104 5.46 2.97 × 105
Steel I Beam: W12 × 53 (Wide Flange 12 inch tall × 53 lbf/ft)
L = 20.0 ft
P (lbf/ft) w_max (in) stress_max (psi)
53.0 0.0147 451
60.0 0.0167 511
70.0 0.0195 596
80.0 0.0222 681
90.0 0.0250 766
100 0.0278 851
200 0.0556 1700
300 0.0834 2550
400 0.111 3410
500 0.139 4260
600 0.167 5110
700 0.195 5960
800 0.222 6810
900 0.250 7660
1000 0.278 8510
2000 0.556 1.70 × 104
3000 0.834 2.55 × 104
4000 1.11 3.41 × 104
5000 1.39 4.26 × 104
6000 1.67 5.11 × 104
7000 1.95 5.96 × 104
8000 2.22 6.81 × 104
9000 2.50 7.66 × 104
1.00 × 104 2.78 8.51 × 104
2.00 × 104 5.56 1.70 × 105
3.00 × 104 8.34 2.55 × 105
3.49 × 104 9.70 2.97 × 105
Steel I Beam: W12 × 53 (Wide Flange 12 inch tall × 53 lbf/ft)
L = 25.0 ft
P (lbf/ft) w_max (in) stress_max (psi)
53.0 0.0360 705
60.0 0.0407 798
70.0 0.0475 931
80.0 0.0543 1060
90.0 0.0611 1200
100 0.0679 1330
200 0.136 2660
300 0.204 3990
400 0.272 5320
500 0.339 6650
600 0.407 7980
700 0.475 9310
800 0.543 1.06 × 104
900 0.611 1.20 × 104
1000 0.679 1.33 × 104
2000 1.36 2.66 × 104
3000 2.04 3.99 × 104
4000 2.72 5.32 × 104
5000 3.39 6.65 × 104
6000 4.07 7.98 × 104
7000 4.75 9.31 × 104
8000 5.43 1.06 × 105
9000 6.11 1.20 × 105
1.00 × 104 6.79 1.33 × 105
1.78 × 104 12.1 2.36 × 105
Steel I Beam: W12 × 53 (Wide Flange 12 inch tall × 53 lbf/ft)
L = 30.0 ft
P (lbf/ft) w_max (in) stress_max (psi)
53.0 0.0746 1020
60.0 0.0845 1150
70.0 0.0986 1340
80.0 0.113 1530
90.0 0.127 1720
100 0.141 1920
200 0.282 3830
300 0.422 5750
400 0.563 7660
500 0.704 9580
600 0.845 1.15 × 104
700 0.986 1.34 × 104
800 1.13 1.53 × 104
900 1.27 1.72 × 104
1000 1.41 1.92 × 104
2000 2.82 3.83 × 104
3000 4.22 5.75 × 104
4000 5.63 7.66 × 104
5000 7.04 9.58 × 104
6000 8.45 1.15 × 105
7000 9.86 1.34 × 105
8000 11.3 1.53 × 105
8570 12.1 1.64 × 105
Steel I Beam: W12 × 53 (Wide Flange 12 inch tall × 53 lbf/ft)
L = 40.0 ft
P (lbf/ft) w_max (in) stress_max (psi)
53.0 0.236 1800
60.0 0.267 2040
70.0 0.311 2380
80.0 0.356 2720
90.0 0.400 3060
100 0.445 3410
200 0.890 6810
300 1.33 1.02 × 104
400 1.78 1.36 × 104
500 2.22 1.70 × 104
600 2.67 2.04 × 104
700 3.11 2.38 × 104
800 3.56 2.72 × 104
900 4.00 3.06 × 104
1000 4.45 3.41 × 104
2000 8.90 6.81 × 104
2710 12.1 9.23 × 104
Steel I Beam: W12 × 53 (Wide Flange 12 inch tall × 53 lbf/ft)
L = 50.0 ft
P (lbf/ft) w_max (in) stress_max (psi)
53.0 0.576 2820
60.0 0.652 3190
70.0 0.760 3720
80.0 0.869 4260
90.0 0.978 4790
100 1.09 5320
200 2.17 1.06 × 104
300 3.26 1.60 × 104
400 4.35 2.13 × 104
500 5.43 2.66 × 104
600 6.52 3.19 × 104
700 7.60 3.72 × 104
800 8.69 4.26 × 104
900 9.78 4.79 × 104
1000 10.9 5.32 × 104
1110 12.1 5.91 × 104
Steel I Beam: W12 × 53 (Wide Flange 12 inch tall × 53 lbf/ft)
L = 60.0 ft
P (lbf/ft) w_max (in) stress_max (psi)
53.0 1.19 4060
60.0 1.35 4600
70.0 1.58 5360
80.0 1.80 6130
90.0 2.03 6900
100 2.25 7660
200 4.51 1.53 × 104
300 6.76 2.30 × 104
400 9.01 3.06 × 104
500 11.3 3.83 × 104
535 12.1 4.10 × 104
Steel I Beam: W12 × 53 (Wide Flange 12 inch tall × 53 lbf/ft)
L = 70.0 ft
P (lbf/ft) w_max (in) stress_max (psi)
53.0 2.21 5530
60.0 2.50 6260
70.0 2.92 7300
80.0 3.34 8340
90.0 3.76 9390
100 4.17 1.04 × 104
200 8.35 2.09 × 104
289 12.1 3.01 × 104
Steel I Beam: W12 × 53 (Wide Flange 12 inch tall × 53 lbf/ft)
L = 80.0 ft
P (lbf/ft) w_max (in) stress_max (psi)
53.0 3.77 7220
60.0 4.27 8170
70.0 4.98 9530
80.0 5.70 1.09 × 104
90.0 6.41 1.23 × 104
100 7.12 1.36 × 104
169 12.1 2.31 × 104
Steel I Beam: W12 × 53 (Wide Flange 12 inch tall × 53 lbf/ft)
L = 90.0 ft
P (lbf/ft) w_max (in) stress_max (psi)
53.0 6.04 9140
60.0 6.84 1.03 × 104
70.0 7.98 1.21 × 104
80.0 9.12 1.38 × 104
90.0 10.3 1.55 × 104
100 11.4 1.72 × 104
106 12.1 1.82 × 104
Steel I Beam: W12 × 53 (Wide Flange 12 inch tall × 53 lbf/ft)
L = 100 ft
P (lbf/ft) w_max (in) stress_max (psi)
53.0 9.21 1.13 × 104
60.0 10.4 1.28 × 104
69.4 12.1 1.48 × 104
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