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Confused with torques

  1. Dec 9, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    The steel shaft of a socket wrench is 18mm diameter and 450mm long. If the allowable shear stree is 70 MN/m^2.

    2. Relevant equations
    i) What is the maximum permissible torque T that may be extered with the wrench?
    ii) Through what angle (theta) in radians will the shaft twist under the action of the maximum torque?
    iii) Through what angle (theta) in degrees will the shaft twist under the action of the maximum torque? G = 80 GN/m^2

    3. The attempt at a solution

    Im pretty happy how to do the radians to degress conversion but havent a clue on the forumulae or process I need for i and ii =(
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  3. Dec 10, 2008 #2


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    For a shaft of uniform cross section:

    [tex]\frac{T}{J} = \frac{\tau}{R} = \frac{G \theta}{l} [/tex]

    Where T is torque applied, J is the polar second moment of area, Tau is shear stress, R is radius, G is modulus of rigidity, and Theta the angle of twist. All SI units.
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2008
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