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Homework Help: Convert solid shaft to hollow shaft

  1. Dec 31, 2014 #1
    I have a "bending stress" question, which is causing me "actual stress"...
    I have a solid 30m Aluminium shaft, which I need to replace with an equivalent hollow shaft, but I am having difficulty in calculating the internal and external diameters.

    The solid shaft diameter is 0.118m, and all I know about the hollow shaft is that the external diameter should be 2.5 times greater than the internal diameter.

    I worked out the second moment of area for the solid shaft (9.5*10^-6), but can't seem to find the right way of using this to find the hollow shaft dimensions.

    Any help with this would be much appreciated.
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  3. Dec 31, 2014 #2


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    Been a long time since I did anything like this so I might be wrong but..

    Have you got equations for the bending stress (F) developed in terms of applied bending moment(M) for both hollow and solid?
    Presumably the ratio of F/M for both needs to be the same so equate.
    See what cancels.
    Substitute ID = OD/2.5

    Something like that anyway.
  4. Dec 31, 2014 #3


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    Sounds like you'd just be inevitably conserving the second moment of area for the shaft such that Isolid = Ihollow and for a shaft I = πD4/4
  5. Jan 1, 2015 #4


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    I found..

    For solid
    FS = 32M/(pi * Ds3)
    and for hollow
    FH = 32MOD/(Pi(OD4 - ID4)

    F = bending stress
    M = bending moment
    Ds = diameter of solid
    OD = Outside Diamater of hollow shaft
    ID = Inside Diamater of hollow shaft

    If you rearrange these to give the ratio F/M for both and equate it simplifies to :

    OD = (OD4 - ID4) / Ds3

    Can then substitute for ID = OD / 2.5 to give an equation for the OD of the hollow shaft in terms of the diameter for the solid.

    but as I said it's been a long time since I did this. Does it even make sense to preserve the ratio of F/M ?

    Edit: Oops I'd better check my working as it looks like the OD of the hollow shaft gets smaller as the solid one gets bigger.
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