Beam Deflection Calculator by Blue Ketchep (Universal)
Released: Jul 16, 2013
Version: 5.5.0
Size: 29 MB
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Beam Deflection Calculator

Blue Ketchep
Solve beam deflection problems easily and obtain results, graphs, and equations to double-check your work!

This is a great learning tool for mechanical engineering, civil engineering, and architecture students. It is an excellent companion for engineering statics and mechanics of materials college-level courses. While you should not rely on this tool for professional engineering design, you may still find it useful to double-check your hand calculations and results.


Quickly place loads and supports along the beam using a powerful interactive graphical design. Our solver algorithm will automatically handle individual sections and superposition of loads.

Immediately see how the beam bends in response to the applied conditions. The shear, moment, slope, and deflection diagrams and equations update automatically.


Each type of load and support has a different icon. You can simply drag any of them onto the beam.

• Concentrated point loads
• Distributed loads
• Moment loads
• Simple supports
• Fixed supports
• Fixed hinges
• Floating Gerber hinges


Either specify moment of inertia and elastic modulus values directly, or find common shapes and materials using the built-in databases.

• Steel: American and European shapes
• Lumber: American shapes
• Other materials can be used used with custom shapes.


Easily edit and rotate cross sections if the built-in dimensions do not quite match your use case. The beam properties are automatically recomputed and used by the beam deflection solver.


• Metric and standard measurement units
• Smart diagrams automatically detect local maxima and minima and zero-crossings.
• Your work is automatically saved in separate files so you can return to it in the future.
• Quick-start templates help you to start right away!


Issues, questions, or requests? Submit a review or email

What's new in version 5.5.0
This release enables internal stress calculation--a highly requested feature--and fixes interaction issues and other rough corners from the previous iteration. Thank you for your support, for using our app, and for all your thoughtful comments since the last release!

• NEW: Internal stresses are now calculated when a cross section is specified and the beam conditions are solvable. Even if the beam is not fully solvable, when the app has enough information to generate a dimensionless stress profile for the cross section, the vertical profile charts will display without numeric quantities. In all, four new internal stress diagrams are available. The internal shear and bending stresses for the cross section (in the vertical direction) are displayed to the sides of the cross section editor. The shear and bending stresses for the beam (in the longitudinal direction) are displayed with the other longitudinal diagrams when the buttons at the left of the diagrams are tapped. These buttons toggle between shear force and internal shear stress and between moment and internal bending stress, respectively.

• IMPROVED: As many of you reported, it was very easy to accidentally touch the beam model while scrolling up and down, causing undesirable edits. We addressed this issue by now requiring you to tap (select) a load before being able to drag it. This required a lot of re-tuning to make sure the editor still feels responsive without making it overly sensitive as it used to be. We think we got it right, but please let us know!

• IMPROVED: We improved the automatic detection and labeling of relevant points in charts to make sure you easily get the information you need. We did this by reduced the noise and re-prioritized local optima labeling. Determining the maximum shear or bending stress on the beam from the plots should now feel like a breeze! (More streamlined consolidated reporting to come in the future too!)

• NEW: You can now find some data on British and Canadian shapes in the section library. (A cross-over from our other app.)

• IMPROVED: It's now possible to specify which shape libraries to use in the catalogue (via the Settings screen). The current options are United States (US), Europe (EU), Great Britain (GB), and Canada (CA). More countries and data to come in the future!

• FIXED: Under certain situations, the app would crash while browsing the cross section library. Hopefully you never experienced this problem, but it's now fixed.

We want to hear from you! Issues, questions, or requests? Please submit a review or email
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Our verdict: Good
  • + Beam Deflection Calculator is a highly rated app (4.5-star).
  • + It is currently 20% off its regular price.
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