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Concept of torque-shear eqn

  1. Feb 15, 2009 #1
    For some reason I am having a hard time visualizing the torque-shear equation, specifically when it comes to finding shear in rivet patterns with a non-symmetric load. We have been using the Tr/J formula to find the shear in the individual bolts. However, with this equation with increasing distance from the CG the shear also goes up. This seems counter-intuitive.

    For example.. think about torquing a bolt. The farther you are from the center of rotation the less force is required to produce a given torque... so why is the reverse not true? I.e. "Given a constant torque, the farther you are from torque center the less force required to resist it, therefore less stress is induced?"

    I've never had a problem with this before but it's been bugging me today for some reason. Thanks.
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  3. Feb 16, 2009 #2


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    Your second paragraph is an analogy for comparing two bolt (rivet) patterns, whereas your first paragraph is a question regarding one given bolt pattern. Within a given bolt pattern, the highest shear stress (and therefore shear force) occurs on the bolt having the largest distance from the center of rotation, which is shown by the relation T*r/J.
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