Don’t be stumped when you have questions that seem out of the blue! Companies often like to disguise beam bending questions in the form of an application or hypothetical situation.

This is a classic beam deflection question. Think of the general form equation:

Deflection = \frac{PL}{EI}

By looking at the equation:

- Reduce the load (w), move the load closer to support of cantilever beam if it’s a point load, distribute the load more if distributed load
- Decrease the length L
- Increase the stiffness EI factor

- Increase modulus of elasticity and moment of inertia
- Increase the section size/depth if steel and with most materials