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Glossary » Beams » Simply Supported » Uniformly Distributed Load » Single Span » Wide Flange Steel I Beam » W5 × 16

For a simply supported beam in a single span, the maximum displacement and the maximum normal stress occur at the center 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 4.49 × 10-5 25.4 20.0 5.62 × 10-5 31.8 30.0 8.43 × 10-5 47.6 40.0 1.12 × 10-4 63.5 50.0 1.40 × 10-4 79.4 60.0 1.69 × 10-4 95.3 70.0 1.97 × 10-4 111 80.0 2.25 × 10-4 127 90.0 2.53 × 10-4 143 100 2.81 × 10-4 159 200 5.62 × 10-4 318 300 8.43 × 10-4 476 400 0.00112 635 500 0.00140 794 600 0.00169 953 700 0.00197 1110 800 0.00225 1270 900 0.00253 1430 1000 0.00281 1590 2000 0.00562 3180 3000 0.00843 4760 4000 0.0112 6350 5000 0.0140 7940 6000 0.0169 9530 7000 0.0197 1.11 × 104 8000 0.0225 1.27 × 104 9000 0.0253 1.43 × 104 1.00 × 104 0.0281 1.59 × 104 2.00 × 104 0.0562 3.18 × 104 3.00 × 104 0.0843 4.76 × 104 4.00 × 104 0.112 6.35 × 104 5.00 × 104 0.140 7.94 × 104 6.00 × 104 0.169 9.53 × 104 7.00 × 104 0.197 1.11 × 105 8.00 × 104 0.225 1.27 × 105 9.00 × 104 0.253 1.43 × 105 1.00 × 105 0.281 1.59 × 105 1.87 × 105 0.526 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 3.47 × 10-4 70.6 20.0 4.34 × 10-4 88.2 30.0 6.50 × 10-4 132 40.0 8.67 × 10-4 176 50.0 0.00108 221 60.0 0.00130 265 70.0 0.00152 309 80.0 0.00173 353 90.0 0.00195 397 100 0.00217 441 200 0.00434 882 300 0.00650 1320 400 0.00867 1760 500 0.0108 2210 600 0.0130 2650 700 0.0152 3090 800 0.0173 3530 900 0.0195 3970 1000 0.0217 4410 2000 0.0434 8820 3000 0.0650 1.32 × 104 4000 0.0867 1.76 × 104 5000 0.108 2.21 × 104 6000 0.130 2.65 × 104 7000 0.152 3.09 × 104 8000 0.173 3.53 × 104 9000 0.195 3.97 × 104 1.00 × 104 0.217 4.41 × 104 2.00 × 104 0.434 8.82 × 104 3.00 × 104 0.650 1.32 × 105 4.00 × 104 0.867 1.76 × 105 5.00 × 104 1.08 2.21 × 105 6.00 × 104 1.30 2.65 × 105 6.74 × 104 1.46 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 0.00555 282 20.0 0.00694 353 30.0 0.0104 529 40.0 0.0139 706 50.0 0.0173 882 60.0 0.0208 1060 70.0 0.0243 1230 80.0 0.0277 1410 90.0 0.0312 1590 100 0.0347 1760 200 0.0694 3530 300 0.104 5290 400 0.139 7060 500 0.173 8820 600 0.208 1.06 × 104 700 0.243 1.23 × 104 800 0.277 1.41 × 104 900 0.312 1.59 × 104 1000 0.347 1.76 × 104 2000 0.694 3.53 × 104 3000 1.04 5.29 × 104 4000 1.39 7.06 × 104 5000 1.73 8.82 × 104 6000 2.08 1.06 × 105 7000 2.43 1.23 × 105 8000 2.77 1.41 × 105 9000 3.12 1.59 × 105 1.00 × 104 3.47 1.76 × 105 1.68 × 104 5.84 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 0.0281 635 20.0 0.0351 794 30.0 0.0527 1190 40.0 0.0702 1590 50.0 0.0878 1980 60.0 0.105 2380 70.0 0.123 2780 80.0 0.140 3180 90.0 0.158 3570 100 0.176 3970 200 0.351 7940 300 0.527 1.19 × 104 400 0.702 1.59 × 104 500 0.878 1.98 × 104 600 1.05 2.38 × 104 700 1.23 2.78 × 104 800 1.40 3.18 × 104 900 1.58 3.57 × 104 1000 1.76 3.97 × 104 2000 3.51 7.94 × 104 2850 5.01 1.13 × 105
 Steel I Beam: W5 × 16 (Wide Flange 5 inch tall × 16 lbf/ft) L = 20.0 ft (lbf/ft) (in) (psi) 16.0 0.0888 1130 20.0 0.111 1410 30.0 0.166 2120 40.0 0.222 2820 50.0 0.277 3530 60.0 0.333 4230 70.0 0.388 4940 80.0 0.444 5650 90.0 0.499 6350 100 0.555 7060 200 1.11 1.41 × 104 300 1.66 2.12 × 104 400 2.22 2.82 × 104 500 2.77 3.53 × 104 600 3.33 4.23 × 104 700 3.88 4.94 × 104 800 4.44 5.65 × 104 900 4.99 6.35 × 104 903 5.01 6.37 × 104
 Steel I Beam: W5 × 16 (Wide Flange 5 inch tall × 16 lbf/ft) L = 25.0 ft (lbf/ft) (in) (psi) 16.0 0.217 1760 20.0 0.271 2210 30.0 0.406 3310 40.0 0.542 4410 50.0 0.677 5510 60.0 0.813 6620 70.0 0.948 7720 80.0 1.08 8820 90.0 1.22 9920 100 1.35 1.10 × 104 200 2.71 2.21 × 104 300 4.06 3.31 × 104 370 5.01 4.08 × 104
 Steel I Beam: W5 × 16 (Wide Flange 5 inch tall × 16 lbf/ft) L = 30.0 ft (lbf/ft) (in) (psi) 16.0 0.449 2540 20.0 0.562 3180 30.0 0.843 4760 40.0 1.12 6350 50.0 1.40 7940 60.0 1.69 9530 70.0 1.97 1.11 × 104 80.0 2.25 1.27 × 104 90.0 2.53 1.43 × 104 100 2.81 1.59 × 104 178 5.01 2.83 × 104
 Steel I Beam: W5 × 16 (Wide Flange 5 inch tall × 16 lbf/ft) L = 40.0 ft (lbf/ft) (in) (psi) 16.0 1.42 4520 20.0 1.78 5650 30.0 2.66 8470 40.0 3.55 1.13 × 104 50.0 4.44 1.41 × 104 56.4 5.01 1.59 × 104
 Steel I Beam: W5 × 16 (Wide Flange 5 inch tall × 16 lbf/ft) L = 50.0 ft (lbf/ft) (in) (psi) 16.0 3.47 7060 20.0 4.34 8820 23.1 5.01 1.02 × 104
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