Wide Flange Steel I Beam: W5 × 16

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For a simply supported beam in two equal spans, we compute the displacement at the middle of each span and the maximum normal stress occuring at the center support of the beam.
The tabulated data listed in this page are calculated based on the area moment of inertia (Ixx = 21.3 in4) for the W5 × 16 Wide Flange Steel I Beam and the typical Young's modulus (E = 3.046 × 107 psi) of steels. Note that the typical yielding stress 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.

 Steel I Beam: W5 × 16 (Wide Flange 5 inch tall × 16 lbf/ft) L = 3.00 ft (lbf/ft) (in) (psi) 16.0 1.80 × 10-5 25.4 20.0 2.25 × 10-5 31.8 30.0 3.37 × 10-5 47.6 40.0 4.49 × 10-5 63.5 50.0 5.62 × 10-5 79.4 60.0 6.74 × 10-5 95.3 70.0 7.87 × 10-5 111 80.0 8.99 × 10-5 127 90.0 1.01 × 10-4 143 100 1.12 × 10-4 159 200 2.25 × 10-4 318 300 3.37 × 10-4 476 400 4.49 × 10-4 635 500 5.62 × 10-4 794 600 6.74 × 10-4 953 700 7.87 × 10-4 1110 800 8.99 × 10-4 1270 900 0.00101 1430 1000 0.00112 1590 2000 0.00225 3180 3000 0.00337 4760 4000 0.00449 6350 5000 0.00562 7940 6000 0.00674 9530 7000 0.00787 1.11 × 104 8000 0.00899 1.27 × 104 9000 0.0101 1.43 × 104 1.00 × 104 0.0112 1.59 × 104 2.00 × 104 0.0225 3.18 × 104 3.00 × 104 0.0337 4.76 × 104 4.00 × 104 0.0449 6.35 × 104 5.00 × 104 0.0562 7.94 × 104 6.00 × 104 0.0674 9.53 × 104 7.00 × 104 0.0787 1.11 × 105 8.00 × 104 0.0899 1.27 × 105 9.00 × 104 0.101 1.43 × 105 1.00 × 105 0.112 1.59 × 105 1.87 × 105 0.210 2.97 × 105
 Steel I Beam: W5 × 16 (Wide Flange 5 inch tall × 16 lbf/ft) L = 5.00 ft (lbf/ft) (in) (psi) 16.0 1.39 × 10-4 70.6 20.0 1.73 × 10-4 88.2 30.0 2.60 × 10-4 132 40.0 3.47 × 10-4 176 50.0 4.34 × 10-4 221 60.0 5.20 × 10-4 265 70.0 6.07 × 10-4 309 80.0 6.94 × 10-4 353 90.0 7.80 × 10-4 397 100 8.67 × 10-4 441 200 0.00173 882 300 0.00260 1320 400 0.00347 1760 500 0.00434 2210 600 0.00520 2650 700 0.00607 3090 800 0.00694 3530 900 0.00780 3970 1000 0.00867 4410 2000 0.0173 8820 3000 0.0260 1.32 × 104 4000 0.0347 1.76 × 104 5000 0.0434 2.21 × 104 6000 0.0520 2.65 × 104 7000 0.0607 3.09 × 104 8000 0.0694 3.53 × 104 9000 0.0780 3.97 × 104 1.00 × 104 0.0867 4.41 × 104 2.00 × 104 0.173 8.82 × 104 3.00 × 104 0.260 1.32 × 105 4.00 × 104 0.347 1.76 × 105 5.00 × 104 0.434 2.21 × 105 6.00 × 104 0.520 2.65 × 105 6.74 × 104 0.584 2.97 × 105
 Steel I Beam: W5 × 16 (Wide Flange 5 inch tall × 16 lbf/ft) L = 10.0 ft (lbf/ft) (in) (psi) 16.0 0.00222 282 20.0 0.00277 353 30.0 0.00416 529 40.0 0.00555 706 50.0 0.00694 882 60.0 0.00832 1060 70.0 0.00971 1230 80.0 0.0111 1410 90.0 0.0125 1590 100 0.0139 1760 200 0.0277 3530 300 0.0416 5290 400 0.0555 7060 500 0.0694 8820 600 0.0832 1.06 × 104 700 0.0971 1.23 × 104 800 0.111 1.41 × 104 900 0.125 1.59 × 104 1000 0.139 1.76 × 104 2000 0.277 3.53 × 104 3000 0.416 5.29 × 104 4000 0.555 7.06 × 104 5000 0.694 8.82 × 104 6000 0.832 1.06 × 105 7000 0.971 1.23 × 105 8000 1.11 1.41 × 105 9000 1.25 1.59 × 105 1.00 × 104 1.39 1.76 × 105 1.68 × 104 2.34 2.97 × 105
 Steel I Beam: W5 × 16 (Wide Flange 5 inch tall × 16 lbf/ft) L = 15.0 ft (lbf/ft) (in) (psi) 16.0 0.0112 635 20.0 0.0140 794 30.0 0.0211 1190 40.0 0.0281 1590 50.0 0.0351 1980 60.0 0.0421 2380 70.0 0.0492 2780 80.0 0.0562 3180 90.0 0.0632 3570 100 0.0702 3970 200 0.140 7940 300 0.211 1.19 × 104 400 0.281 1.59 × 104 500 0.351 1.98 × 104 600 0.421 2.38 × 104 700 0.492 2.78 × 104 800 0.562 3.18 × 104 900 0.632 3.57 × 104 1000 0.702 3.97 × 104 2000 1.40 7.94 × 104 3000 2.11 1.19 × 105 4000 2.81 1.59 × 105 5000 3.51 1.98 × 105 6000 4.21 2.38 × 105 7000 4.92 2.78 × 105 7480 5.26 2.97 × 105
 Steel I Beam: W5 × 16 (Wide Flange 5 inch tall × 16 lbf/ft) L = 20.0 ft (lbf/ft) (in) (psi) 16.0 0.0355 1130 20.0 0.0444 1410 30.0 0.0666 2120 40.0 0.0888 2820 50.0 0.111 3530 60.0 0.133 4230 70.0 0.155 4940 80.0 0.178 5650 90.0 0.200 6350 100 0.222 7060 200 0.444 1.41 × 104 300 0.666 2.12 × 104 400 0.888 2.82 × 104 500 1.11 3.53 × 104 600 1.33 4.23 × 104 700 1.55 4.94 × 104 800 1.78 5.65 × 104 900 2.00 6.35 × 104 1000 2.22 7.06 × 104 2000 4.44 1.41 × 105 2260 5.01 1.59 × 105
 Steel I Beam: W5 × 16 (Wide Flange 5 inch tall × 16 lbf/ft) L = 25.0 ft (lbf/ft) (in) (psi) 16.0 0.0867 1760 20.0 0.108 2210 30.0 0.163 3310 40.0 0.217 4410 50.0 0.271 5510 60.0 0.325 6620 70.0 0.379 7720 80.0 0.434 8820 90.0 0.488 9920 100 0.542 1.10 × 104 200 1.08 2.21 × 104 300 1.63 3.31 × 104 400 2.17 4.41 × 104 500 2.71 5.51 × 104 600 3.25 6.62 × 104 700 3.79 7.72 × 104 800 4.34 8.82 × 104 900 4.88 9.92 × 104 925 5.01 1.02 × 105
 Steel I Beam: W5 × 16 (Wide Flange 5 inch tall × 16 lbf/ft) L = 30.0 ft (lbf/ft) (in) (psi) 16.0 0.180 2540 20.0 0.225 3180 30.0 0.337 4760 40.0 0.449 6350 50.0 0.562 7940 60.0 0.674 9530 70.0 0.787 1.11 × 104 80.0 0.899 1.27 × 104 90.0 1.01 1.43 × 104 100 1.12 1.59 × 104 200 2.25 3.18 × 104 300 3.37 4.76 × 104 400 4.49 6.35 × 104 446 5.01 7.08 × 104
 Steel I Beam: W5 × 16 (Wide Flange 5 inch tall × 16 lbf/ft) L = 40.0 ft (lbf/ft) (in) (psi) 16.0 0.568 4520 20.0 0.710 5650 30.0 1.07 8470 40.0 1.42 1.13 × 104 50.0 1.78 1.41 × 104 60.0 2.13 1.69 × 104 70.0 2.49 1.98 × 104 80.0 2.84 2.26 × 104 90.0 3.20 2.54 × 104 100 3.55 2.82 × 104 141 5.01 3.98 × 104
 Steel I Beam: W5 × 16 (Wide Flange 5 inch tall × 16 lbf/ft) L = 50.0 ft (lbf/ft) (in) (psi) 16.0 1.39 7060 20.0 1.73 8820 30.0 2.60 1.32 × 104 40.0 3.47 1.76 × 104 50.0 4.34 2.21 × 104 57.8 5.01 2.55 × 104
 Steel I Beam: W5 × 16 (Wide Flange 5 inch tall × 16 lbf/ft) L = 60.0 ft (lbf/ft) (in) (psi) 16.0 2.88 1.02 × 104 20.0 3.60 1.27 × 104 27.9 5.01 1.77 × 104