Loose Point

Glossary Term

Loose points are vertical supports that allow for horizontal displacements.
In contrast to a fixed point (1 and 3), loose points (2) do not transfer any horizontal forces to subsequent structures. For example, roller supports are displaceable in the longitudinal direction of a bridge. Thus, the linear expansion due to temperature can be compensated without the necessity to enter additional loads into the structure.


Moving support Loose Point Bridge section Continuous beam Fixed point


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