When an expression is known for the curvature of a beam as a function of a bending moment, it is a simple matter to determine the deflected shape. It is a bigger problem to obtain such an explicit expression using a realistic stress-strain curve. This paper begins with a Ramberg-Osgood type of stress-strain formula, that is characterized by a continuous slope change typical of metals in elevated temperatures. A moment-curvature equation of a similar form is then developed and its accuracy is verified for several basic cross-sections. The advantage of this approach is to improve the accuracy and efficiency of deflection analysis compared with the existing manual methods.

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