# Determine the live load support reactions at the fixed post base

Ignore the weight of bolt, caps, compartments, etc. and the voids in member – only consider the gross

self-weight of the main structural tubing (mast arm and post).

▪ Ignore the 12” portion of the post that extends above the mast arm connection

▪ The bottom of the post is a fixed connection to the foundation

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▪ Assume that the horizontal wind load only acts on the vertical post. Although the post is tapered, you

will treat the wind load as two uniformly distributed loads, as follows:

– Bottom of Post (0’-20’ height above base): 20 lbs/ft

– Top of Post (20’+ height above base): 30 lbs/ft

– Mast Arm Length: 30.0 ft (Horizontal Projection)

– Post Riser Height: 24.0 ft (Vertical)

– Attached Signs/Signals: The following sign/signals are supported by the mast arm

Type Horiz. Distance From Post Centerline (ft) Weight (lbs)

30”x36” Sign 29.5 100

30”x36” Sign 21.5 100

A) “Dead” Load: considering only the self-weight of the mast arm and the post

should be linearly varying loads for the weight of both members.

b. Determine the dead load support reactions at the fixed post base

B) “Live” Load: considering only the weight of the signs and signals (“heads”)

b. Determine the live load support reactions at the fixed post base

C) “Wind” Load: considering only the wind load acting on the vertical post

b. Determine the live load support reactions at the fixed post base

c. The assumed/prescribed wind loading for this 2d example is very simplified. Provide a 3d

sketch of the mast arm and post structure, then discuss/conclude which of the 6 possible

support reactions (3 forces, 3 moments) could be caused by wind loading. Use complete

sentences to explain your reasoning. Calculations are not required, but some basic equations in