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Last edited 03 Feb 2022
A point load is a load that is applied at a specific, concentrated point, sometimes referred to as equivalent concentrated load (ECL). This is in contrast to loads such as uniformly distributed loads (UDL), where the the load is distributed across a region of an element such as a beam or slab.
For example, when a point load is imposed on a shelf, its weight is significantly concentrated in one place. On the other hand, when a UDL is placed on a shelf, its weight is evenly distributed over the entire shelf.
Other related types of load include
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