# Homework Help: Determine normal stresses for pure bending moments

1. Jun 19, 2012

### sgvaibhav

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
Hi

I am having tough time figuring out how to determine normal stresses σx, σy, σz using the flexure formula.

All that confuses me is which moment to take for which σ. My for σx or Mz for σx and so on..

I will post an example question.

In the question below, find the stresses σx, σy, σz at point H and point K

2. Relevant equations

σ=Mc/I + P/A

3. The attempt at a solution
The actual question is very big and requires determining principles planes, principle stress and stresses in different orientation to be found out which i know how to do as well.
I can proceed with the question only if i can determine the stresses σx, σy, σz, which is were i am getting stuck in all such types of questions.

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2. Jun 22, 2012

### pongo38

Imagine CD being made of cheese or soft rubber. Can you see that the point C will initially deflect parallel to the x axis, and be bending in the xz plane, (raised to the level that contains C and D) What normal stresses due to bending in CD will that give rise to? Can you see that the thinner edge CD closest to the viewer will go into compression, and the far side into tension. Which of the the three choices of stress do you think that causes?

3. Jun 22, 2012

### pongo38

My first answer was to check that you can visualise the behaviour and correctly identify the stress type in a simple case. H and K are more complicated. One approach is to add another 10 kN force at A in the +x direction (in other words, parallel to the existing force) and then cancel its effect by adding a 10 kN force at A in the -x direction. You then have three forces one of which is the 10 at A in the +x direction and the other two forming a turning moment about the y axis. You can then add the effects of these separate actions. Does that help?