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Added support for composite beams #14773
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So for the above beam
I think we need some more careful thought on the API here. Currently we have a beam that we add and substract loadings to that constructs the proper sing funcs. I'm wondering if composite beams (different discrete changes in I and/or E) should be constructed by adding together multiple beams. Something like:
This would constrain Beam to be strictly continguous shape/material but varying loads.
Another way is to "apply" cross sections and moduli like we do for the loads in some way.
Lastly we could think of a new Beam object entirely. Not sure what that would look like.
And one more note, is how to think about what if E or I vary given a function: E = f(x)?
how about for discrete values of
For situations like
I think using