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Glossary » Beams » Simply Supported » Uniformly Distributed Load » Two Equal Spans » Wide Flange Steel I Beam » W12 × 53
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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 = 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 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: W12 × 53 (Wide Flange 12 inch tall × 53 lbf/ft) L = 3.00 ft (lbf/ft) (in) (psi) 53.0 2.98 × 10-6 10.2 60.0 3.38 × 10-6 11.5 70.0 3.94 × 10-6 13.4 80.0 4.51 × 10-6 15.3 90.0 5.07 × 10-6 17.2 100 5.63 × 10-6 19.2 200 1.13 × 10-5 38.3 300 1.69 × 10-5 57.5 400 2.25 × 10-5 76.6 500 2.82 × 10-5 95.8 600 3.38 × 10-5 115 700 3.94 × 10-5 134 800 4.51 × 10-5 153 900 5.07 × 10-5 172 1000 5.63 × 10-5 192 2000 1.13 × 10-4 383 3000 1.69 × 10-4 575 4000 2.25 × 10-4 766 5000 2.82 × 10-4 958 6000 3.38 × 10-4 1150 7000 3.94 × 10-4 1340 8000 4.51 × 10-4 1530 9000 5.07 × 10-4 1720 1.00 × 104 5.63 × 10-4 1920 2.00 × 104 0.00113 3830 3.00 × 104 0.00169 5750 4.00 × 104 0.00225 7660 5.00 × 104 0.00282 9580 6.00 × 104 0.00338 1.15 × 104 7.00 × 104 0.00394 1.34 × 104 8.00 × 104 0.00451 1.53 × 104 9.00 × 104 0.00507 1.72 × 104 1.00 × 105 0.00563 1.92 × 104 2.00 × 105 0.0113 3.83 × 104 3.00 × 105 0.0169 5.75 × 104 4.00 × 105 0.0225 7.66 × 104 5.00 × 105 0.0282 9.58 × 104 6.00 × 105 0.0338 1.15 × 105 7.00 × 105 0.0394 1.34 × 105 8.00 × 105 0.0451 1.53 × 105 9.00 × 105 0.0507 1.72 × 105 1.00 × 106 0.0563 1.92 × 105 1.55 × 106 0.0873 2.97 × 105
 Steel I Beam: W12 × 53 (Wide Flange 12 inch tall × 53 lbf/ft) L = 5.00 ft (lbf/ft) (in) (psi) 53.0 2.30 × 10-5 28.2 60.0 2.61 × 10-5 31.9 70.0 3.04 × 10-5 37.2 80.0 3.48 × 10-5 42.6 90.0 3.91 × 10-5 47.9 100 4.35 × 10-5 53.2 200 8.69 × 10-5 106 300 1.30 × 10-4 160 400 1.74 × 10-4 213 500 2.17 × 10-4 266 600 2.61 × 10-4 319 700 3.04 × 10-4 372 800 3.48 × 10-4 426 900 3.91 × 10-4 479 1000 4.35 × 10-4 532 2000 8.69 × 10-4 1060 3000 0.00130 1600 4000 0.00174 2130 5000 0.00217 2660 6000 0.00261 3190 7000 0.00304 3720 8000 0.00348 4260 9000 0.00391 4790 1.00 × 104 0.00435 5320 2.00 × 104 0.00869 1.06 × 104 3.00 × 104 0.0130 1.60 × 104 4.00 × 104 0.0174 2.13 × 104 5.00 × 104 0.0217 2.66 × 104 6.00 × 104 0.0261 3.19 × 104 7.00 × 104 0.0304 3.72 × 104 8.00 × 104 0.0348 4.26 × 104 9.00 × 104 0.0391 4.79 × 104 1.00 × 105 0.0435 5.32 × 104 2.00 × 105 0.0869 1.06 × 105 3.00 × 105 0.130 1.60 × 105 4.00 × 105 0.174 2.13 × 105 5.00 × 105 0.217 2.66 × 105 5.58 × 105 0.243 2.97 × 105
 Steel I Beam: W12 × 53 (Wide Flange 12 inch tall × 53 lbf/ft) L = 10.0 ft (lbf/ft) (in) (psi) 53.0 3.68 × 10-4 113 60.0 4.17 × 10-4 128 70.0 4.87 × 10-4 149 80.0 5.56 × 10-4 170 90.0 6.26 × 10-4 192 100 6.95 × 10-4 213 200 0.00139 426 300 0.00209 638 400 0.00278 851 500 0.00348 1060 600 0.00417 1280 700 0.00487 1490 800 0.00556 1700 900 0.00626 1920 1000 0.00695 2130 2000 0.0139 4260 3000 0.0209 6380 4000 0.0278 8510 5000 0.0348 1.06 × 104 6000 0.0417 1.28 × 104 7000 0.0487 1.49 × 104 8000 0.0556 1.70 × 104 9000 0.0626 1.92 × 104 1.00 × 104 0.0695 2.13 × 104 2.00 × 104 0.139 4.26 × 104 3.00 × 104 0.209 6.38 × 104 4.00 × 104 0.278 8.51 × 104 5.00 × 104 0.348 1.06 × 105 6.00 × 104 0.417 1.28 × 105 7.00 × 104 0.487 1.49 × 105 8.00 × 104 0.556 1.70 × 105 9.00 × 104 0.626 1.92 × 105 1.00 × 105 0.695 2.13 × 105 1.40 × 105 0.970 2.97 × 105
 Steel I Beam: W12 × 53 (Wide Flange 12 inch tall × 53 lbf/ft) L = 15.0 ft (lbf/ft) (in) (psi) 53.0 0.00187 254 60.0 0.00211 287 70.0 0.00246 335 80.0 0.00282 383 90.0 0.00317 431 100 0.00352 479 200 0.00704 958 300 0.0106 1440 400 0.0141 1920 500 0.0176 2390 600 0.0211 2870 700 0.0246 3350 800 0.0282 3830 900 0.0317 4310 1000 0.0352 4790 2000 0.0704 9580 3000 0.106 1.44 × 104 4000 0.141 1.92 × 104 5000 0.176 2.39 × 104 6000 0.211 2.87 × 104 7000 0.246 3.35 × 104 8000 0.282 3.83 × 104 9000 0.317 4.31 × 104 1.00 × 104 0.352 4.79 × 104 2.00 × 104 0.704 9.58 × 104 3.00 × 104 1.06 1.44 × 105 4.00 × 104 1.41 1.92 × 105 5.00 × 104 1.76 2.39 × 105 6.00 × 104 2.11 2.87 × 105 6.20 × 104 2.18 2.97 × 105
 Steel I Beam: W12 × 53 (Wide Flange 12 inch tall × 53 lbf/ft) L = 20.0 ft (lbf/ft) (in) (psi) 53.0 0.00590 451 60.0 0.00667 511 70.0 0.00779 596 80.0 0.00890 681 90.0 0.0100 766 100 0.0111 851 200 0.0222 1700 300 0.0334 2550 400 0.0445 3410 500 0.0556 4260 600 0.0667 5110 700 0.0779 5960 800 0.0890 6810 900 0.100 7660 1000 0.111 8510 2000 0.222 1.70 × 104 3000 0.334 2.55 × 104 4000 0.445 3.41 × 104 5000 0.556 4.26 × 104 6000 0.667 5.11 × 104 7000 0.779 5.96 × 104 8000 0.890 6.81 × 104 9000 1.00 7.66 × 104 1.00 × 104 1.11 8.51 × 104 2.00 × 104 2.22 1.70 × 105 3.00 × 104 3.34 2.55 × 105 3.49 × 104 3.88 2.97 × 105
 Steel I Beam: W12 × 53 (Wide Flange 12 inch tall × 53 lbf/ft) L = 25.0 ft (lbf/ft) (in) (psi) 53.0 0.0144 705 60.0 0.0163 798 70.0 0.0190 931 80.0 0.0217 1060 90.0 0.0244 1200 100 0.0272 1330 200 0.0543 2660 300 0.0815 3990 400 0.109 5320 500 0.136 6650 600 0.163 7980 700 0.190 9310 800 0.217 1.06 × 104 900 0.244 1.20 × 104 1000 0.272 1.33 × 104 2000 0.543 2.66 × 104 3000 0.815 3.99 × 104 4000 1.09 5.32 × 104 5000 1.36 6.65 × 104 6000 1.63 7.98 × 104 7000 1.90 9.31 × 104 8000 2.17 1.06 × 105 9000 2.44 1.20 × 105 1.00 × 104 2.72 1.33 × 105 2.00 × 104 5.43 2.66 × 105 2.23 × 104 6.06 2.97 × 105
 Steel I Beam: W12 × 53 (Wide Flange 12 inch tall × 53 lbf/ft) L = 30.0 ft (lbf/ft) (in) (psi) 53.0 0.0298 1020 60.0 0.0338 1150 70.0 0.0394 1340 80.0 0.0451 1530 90.0 0.0507 1720 100 0.0563 1920 200 0.113 3830 300 0.169 5750 400 0.225 7660 500 0.282 9580 600 0.338 1.15 × 104 700 0.394 1.34 × 104 800 0.451 1.53 × 104 900 0.507 1.72 × 104 1000 0.563 1.92 × 104 2000 1.13 3.83 × 104 3000 1.69 5.75 × 104 4000 2.25 7.66 × 104 5000 2.82 9.58 × 104 6000 3.38 1.15 × 105 7000 3.94 1.34 × 105 8000 4.51 1.53 × 105 9000 5.07 1.72 × 105 1.00 × 104 5.63 1.92 × 105 1.55 × 104 8.73 2.97 × 105
 Steel I Beam: W12 × 53 (Wide Flange 12 inch tall × 53 lbf/ft) L = 40.0 ft (lbf/ft) (in) (psi) 53.0 0.0943 1800 60.0 0.107 2040 70.0 0.125 2380 80.0 0.142 2720 90.0 0.160 3060 100 0.178 3410 200 0.356 6810 300 0.534 1.02 × 104 400 0.712 1.36 × 104 500 0.890 1.70 × 104 600 1.07 2.04 × 104 700 1.25 2.38 × 104 800 1.42 2.72 × 104 900 1.60 3.06 × 104 1000 1.78 3.41 × 104 2000 3.56 6.81 × 104 3000 5.34 1.02 × 105 4000 7.12 1.36 × 105 5000 8.90 1.70 × 105 6000 10.7 2.04 × 105 6780 12.1 2.31 × 105
 Steel I Beam: W12 × 53 (Wide Flange 12 inch tall × 53 lbf/ft) L = 50.0 ft (lbf/ft) (in) (psi) 53.0 0.230 2820 60.0 0.261 3190 70.0 0.304 3720 80.0 0.348 4260 90.0 0.391 4790 100 0.435 5320 200 0.869 1.06 × 104 300 1.30 1.60 × 104 400 1.74 2.13 × 104 500 2.17 2.66 × 104 600 2.61 3.19 × 104 700 3.04 3.72 × 104 800 3.48 4.26 × 104 900 3.91 4.79 × 104 1000 4.35 5.32 × 104 2000 8.69 1.06 × 105 2780 12.1 1.48 × 105
 Steel I Beam: W12 × 53 (Wide Flange 12 inch tall × 53 lbf/ft) L = 60.0 ft (lbf/ft) (in) (psi) 53.0 0.478 4060 60.0 0.541 4600 70.0 0.631 5360 80.0 0.721 6130 90.0 0.811 6900 100 0.901 7660 200 1.80 1.53 × 104 300 2.70 2.30 × 104 400 3.60 3.06 × 104 500 4.51 3.83 × 104 600 5.41 4.60 × 104 700 6.31 5.36 × 104 800 7.21 6.13 × 104 900 8.11 6.90 × 104 1000 9.01 7.66 × 104 1340 12.1 1.03 × 105
 Steel I Beam: W12 × 53 (Wide Flange 12 inch tall × 53 lbf/ft) L = 70.0 ft (lbf/ft) (in) (psi) 53.0 0.885 5530 60.0 1.00 6260 70.0 1.17 7300 80.0 1.34 8340 90.0 1.50 9390 100 1.67 1.04 × 104 200 3.34 2.09 × 104 300 5.01 3.13 × 104 400 6.68 4.17 × 104 500 8.35 5.21 × 104 600 10.0 6.26 × 104 700 11.7 7.30 × 104 722 12.1 7.53 × 104
 Steel I Beam: W12 × 53 (Wide Flange 12 inch tall × 53 lbf/ft) L = 80.0 ft (lbf/ft) (in) (psi) 53.0 1.51 7220 60.0 1.71 8170 70.0 1.99 9530 80.0 2.28 1.09 × 104 90.0 2.56 1.23 × 104 100 2.85 1.36 × 104 200 5.70 2.72 × 104 300 8.54 4.09 × 104 400 11.4 5.45 × 104 423 12.1 5.77 × 104
 Steel I Beam: W12 × 53 (Wide Flange 12 inch tall × 53 lbf/ft) L = 90.0 ft (lbf/ft) (in) (psi) 53.0 2.42 9140 60.0 2.74 1.03 × 104 70.0 3.19 1.21 × 104 80.0 3.65 1.38 × 104 90.0 4.11 1.55 × 104 100 4.56 1.72 × 104 200 9.12 3.45 × 104 264 12.1 4.56 × 104
 Steel I Beam: W12 × 53 (Wide Flange 12 inch tall × 53 lbf/ft) L = 100 ft (lbf/ft) (in) (psi) 53.0 3.68 1.13 × 104 60.0 4.17 1.28 × 104 70.0 4.87 1.49 × 104 80.0 5.56 1.70 × 104 90.0 6.26 1.92 × 104 100 6.95 2.13 × 104 173 12.1 3.69 × 104
 Steel I Beam: W12 × 53 (Wide Flange 12 inch tall × 53 lbf/ft) L = 125 ft (lbf/ft) (in) (psi) 53.0 9.00 1.76 × 104 60.0 10.2 2.00 × 104 70.0 11.9 2.33 × 104 71.0 12.1 2.36 × 104