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Measuring Strain on a circular tube.

  1. Oct 21, 2009 #1
    If I wanted to determine the principle stresses on the surface of a circular tube could I use a 45deg planar rectangular rosette to measure the strains [tex]\epsilon[/tex]x, [tex]\epsilon[/tex]y and [tex]\gamma[/tex]xy? I only ask because on a flat surface the gauges could be oriented along the x-axis, the y-axis and 45 deg between them, but is this still true on a curved surface?

    Lets say the y-axis is parallel to the axis of the tube. The x-axis is obviously perpendicular to the y-axis but this means the x-axis is tangent to the surface of the tube. So is it still valid to say I am measuring [tex]\epsilon[/tex]x ? Should I be using cylindrical coordinates in stead of x and y?

    Is there some other way to determine the principle stresses on the surface of a circular tube?
     
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