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Finding the max shear stress at a point on a plate (with a hole)

  1. Dec 6, 2007 #1
    i need to find max shear stress at a point on a plate (with a hole) under tension. i found using experimental data the principle strains at the point but i need to find the max shear stress using this data to compare it with a result found analytically.

    any suggestions?
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  3. Dec 6, 2007 #2


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    Are you considering this plane stress? If you are, you'll have two principal stresses. Think about Mohr's Circle for a second...The principal stresses lie in a plane with no shear stresses (they lie on the horizontal axis). So if you rotate around 90° in Mohr's circle, you'll get to the point of max shear (the highest point on the vertical axis). Geometrically speaking that is the same as saying

    [tex]\tau_{max} = \frac{\sigma_1-\sigma_2}{2}[/tex]

    This also assumes that you follow the standard practice of numbering the highest principal stress as [tex]\sigma_1[/tex].

    You can double check it by running the calculation with the regular stress components:

    [tex]\tau_{max}=\sqrt{\left[ \frac{\sigma_x-\sigma_y}{2}\right]^2 + \tau_{xy}^2}[/tex]
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2007
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