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Homework Help: Torsion in a hollow beam cross-section

  1. Aug 16, 2013 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    The problem is regarding the question on the attached file called 'QUESTION3.png' This is urgent so please reply if you can.

    2. Relevant equations

    The attempt is in the file attached. Is my procedure correct? Am I missing something or is something wrong?

    Also, how do I find the compressive axial force if N- = 20kN? What equation do I use?

    3. The attempt at a solution

    Attempt is attached.


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  3. Aug 16, 2013 #2


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    1. Your section is closed. You are using τ = VQ/It to compute the shear stresses in the walls. This is incorrect. Have you studied how to analyze closed sections in shear?

    2. The axial force is applied along the longitudinal axis of the beam. How do you calculate stress in axially loaded members? (Hint: it was probably the first stress formula you learned.)
  4. Aug 16, 2013 #3
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    In this example I found through google, the person uses VQ/It to find the shear at N.A :
    http://faculty.ksu.edu.sa/modar/CE%20302%20Solved%20Problems/Solved%20Problems%20on%20Ch6.pdf [Broken]
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  5. Aug 16, 2013 #4


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    1. No mention is made of any bending in your problem, so Mx = My = 0.

    2. In your example, there is no shear connection between the sides of the wooden box and the top and bottom plates except be the nails which connect them. This is not a good example to use on your problem, since you have a full shear connection at all four corners.

    3. The attached example is for a beam which does have a thicker top plate than your problem.
    On reading their description, it appears that if all plates are the same thickness, one can assume equal shear flow in the sides, and thus τ = VQ/It may be valid for your problem after all. I apologize for the earlier confusion. However, the attached method should also work for more general problems, as well as this one.
  6. Aug 16, 2013 #5


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    What happened to the Torsion and Bending part? The loads appear to be eccentrically applied?? Is this correct?
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