# Max shear stress

1. Jan 18, 2010

### ash1982

how can i work out the maximum shear stress of EN 19 alloy steel? i need this in order to work out the minimum shaft diameter that will be capable of withstanding the torque applied to it.

2. Jan 19, 2010

### FredGarvin

Most steels you can pretty well estimate the shear strength as .5 $$\sigma_{y}$$ according to max shear stress theory or .577 $$\sigma_{y}$$ for distortion energy theory.