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Homework Help: Can anybody help me ive been stuck for over 3 weeks

  1. Jul 24, 2009 #1
    A solid steel shaft 10 m long and 70mm diameter is subjected to a torque of 4.5 kNm.
    In order to save the weight the solid shaft is to be replaced be a thin walled hollow shaft of wall thickness 10mm.
    What diameter of hollow shaft is required to carry the same torque if the maximum allowable stress is the same as that experienced by the solid shaft?
    If the modulus of rigdity of the steel is 80 x 109 N/m2 calculate the angle of twist for the thin walled shaft.
    Considering materials/ manufacturing costs and application constraints such as weight, inertia, balance, size and reliability, describe a suitable application for each type of shaft stating why that type is more suitable than the alternative.
    Ive spent 3 weeks on this darn question
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  3. Jul 24, 2009 #2


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    What part of the question are you stuck on? This seems like a 20 min. homework problem.

    You can write the stress equation completely in terms of radius (given the additional information you have). From there, simply solve for it.
  4. Jul 24, 2009 #3


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    TWOSWORDALI: This sounds like a take-home final exam question, and is one of the questions on the test you posted two weeks ago in thread [thread=324821]324821[/thread]. The PF rules state we are not allowed to tell you how to approach or solve your homework problem. You must list relevant equations yourself, and show your work; and then someone might check your math.
  5. Jul 24, 2009 #4
    no this is not a take home exam at all its a question for homework for the HNC. And im completly LOST As far as the electrical goes im doing alright but this is one question out of 10 that im stuck on well its another one as well dealing with shear force an d the bending moment diagram. But this question has got me crazy. No it is not a takehome exam in the attached file is the questions that im doing. A hint or someexplanation or somthing will be very helpful, no i do not want you to do it for me but i do seriously need some help in understanding this. Imcompletly dumbfounded with it you can check Manchester open learning and show them the question they will affirm that it is not a take home exam question
  6. Jul 24, 2009 #5


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    If two beams can both carry the same torque, then its reasonable to say that they can be stressed the same amount. Having said that.

    What is the equation for torsional stress?
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