Mechanical Engineering POP Quiz: Questions & Answers

In summary, the conversation is about the importance of engineers having fundamental knowledge and the poster sharing two questions about a loaded cantilever beam. The first question asks for the maximum normal stress and its location, while the second question asks for the maximum shear stress and its location. The poster also mentions that they will post their answers in a few days if there is no response and that these questions are important for all engineers to know. They also plan on creating similar questions for other disciplines in the future.
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So there are some things that I feel are important for engineers to just know.

Though the questions are basic it may help students with some fundamentals.


QUESTION 1

A cantilever beam is loaded at its free end as seen in the attached Figure. What and where is the maximum normal stress in the beam?


QUESTION 2

Same cantilever beam from Question 1. What and where is the maximum shear stress?


Answer as clearly as possibly for others. Define all values used (i.e. L = length of beam, A = cross-sectional area) and mention any assumptions made.
 

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Where does the maximum bending moment occur? Where does the maximum shear force occur? Hint: not at the free end.
 
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LabGuy330 said:
So there are some things that I feel are important for engineers to just know.

Though the questions are basic it may help students with some fundamentals.


QUESTION 1

A cantilever beam is loaded at its free end as seen in the attached Figure. What and where is the maximum normal stress in the beam?


QUESTION 2

Same cantilever beam from Question 1. What and where is the maximum shear stress?


Answer as clearly as possibly for others. Define all values used (i.e. L = length of beam, A = cross-sectional area) and mention any assumptions made.
What is the purpose of this thread? Are these questions for you to answer, or do you know the answers to them and are posting them for others to think about?
 
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Sorry, I thought it was obvious it was for others.

If there ends up being no response after a few days I will post my answers.

These would be possible homework questions a student might be asked (or perhaps on the EIT, hint hint).

In any regard These questions are important for any (especially mechanical) engineer to know.

I also plan on doind some for all other disciplines but for now let's see how this one goes.
 
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I appreciate the effort to provide basic fundamentals for students. I believe that a solid understanding of fundamental principles is crucial for any engineer, regardless of their specific field.

In response to Question 1, the maximum normal stress in a cantilever beam loaded at its free end can be found at the fixed end of the beam, where the bending moment is maximum. This is known as the point of maximum bending stress. The value of the maximum normal stress can be calculated using the formula σ = M*c/I, where σ is the normal stress, M is the bending moment, c is the distance from the neutral axis to the point of interest, and I is the moment of inertia of the beam's cross-sectional area. It is important to note that this formula assumes that the beam is subjected to pure bending, and that the material of the beam is homogeneous and isotropic.

Moving on to Question 2, the maximum shear stress in the cantilever beam can be found at the fixed end of the beam, where the shear force is maximum. This is known as the point of maximum shear stress. The value of the maximum shear stress can be calculated using the formula τ = V*Q/Ib, where τ is the shear stress, V is the shear force, Q is the first moment of area of the beam's cross-sectional area, and b is the width of the beam. Again, this formula assumes that the beam is subjected to pure bending and that the material is homogeneous and isotropic.

In summary, the maximum normal stress in a cantilever beam is located at the fixed end, where the bending moment is maximum, and can be calculated using the formula σ = M*c/I. The maximum shear stress is also located at the fixed end and can be calculated using the formula τ = V*Q/Ib. It is important to note that these calculations are based on certain assumptions and may not accurately represent real-world scenarios. It is always best to consult with a professional engineer for accurate and safe design calculations.
 

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