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Mechanics of Materials: Torsional deformation at free end with torque at middle

  1. Aug 24, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A circular shaft AB has a torque T acting at the middle of the shaft, defined as plane C. Shaft end A is fixed while shaft end B is free to rotate (mounted in a thrust bearing). Finding the twist angle from A to C is not difficult, but the question requires that the twist angle from A to B be determined.

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    3. The attempt at a solution
    I have looked back through all my class notes, homework, and mechanics of materials textbooks and can't seem to find any examples where a shaft has a free end with no reaction torques and where the twist angle is determined there. I have been able to find several sources which say that the twist angle rate should remain constant for the length of the rod, but I am not sure if this applies for a rod where there is no reaction torque on the free end. From a materials perspective, I would also not expect the twist angle rate to instantly change after plane C where the torque is applied. Can anyone help me out with understanding what would happen from C to B on the shaft?
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  3. Aug 24, 2010 #2


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    Hint: Is there any torque in the section from C to B? What does that tell you about the twist at B relative to C? Or the twist at B relative to A?
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