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# Compound Stress and Strain Part 2

A description of Mohr's Stress and Strain Circles, two and three dimensional Stress and Strain systems, and Strain Energy.

**Contents**

- Introduction
- Mohr's Stress Circle
- Pure Compression.
- Principal Stresses Equal Tension And Compression.
- A Two-dimensional Stress System.
- Principal Strains In Three Dimensions.
- Principal Stresses Determined From Principal Strains.
- Analysis Of Strain.
- Mohr's Strain Circle.
- Volumetric Strain.
- Strain Energy
- Shear Strain Energy.
- Page Comments

## Introduction

This is the second part in our discussion on the topic of Compound Stress and Strain. In this section we analyse the state of Stress at a point with a graphical representation using Mohr's Circle. In the latter half, we also look at how Mohr's circle can be adapted to represent direct or linear strain, and shear strain.*See Also*the section on Compound Stress and Strain Part 1 .

## Mohr's Stress Circle

**Mohr**'

**s circle**is a two-dimensional graphical representation of the state of stress at a point. The abscisa and ordinate of each point on the circle are the normal stress and shear stress components respectively, acting on a particular cut plane with a unit vector with components , , . In other words, the circumference of the circle is the locus of points that represent the state of stress on individual planes at all their orientations.

A

**diameter**of a circle is any straight line segment that passes through the center of the circle and whose endpoints are on the circle. The diameters are the longest chords of the circle.
To draw the circle:

- Draw a line such that represents and . Note that the positive direction (Tension) is to the right.
- On as a Diameter draw a Circle with centre
- On this drawing ,
**but**this is not a necessary condition.

- The radius represents the plane of
- The radius represents the plane of
- The Plane is obtained by rotating through and if on the Stress Circle is rotated through in the same direction, then the radius is obtained. This will be shown to represent the plane . (Note that could equally well be obtained by rotating clockwise through corresponding to rotating clockwise through )
- Draw perpendicular to

Then,
is the normal Stress Component on (See Part 1 of Compound Stress and Strain).
And
where is the Shear Stress Component on
Also, the Resultant Stress is given by:
The inclination of the resultant Stress to the Normal of the plane is given by:

A

**shear stress**is defined as the component of stress coplanar with a material cross section. Shear stress arises from a force vector perpendicular to the surface normal vector of the cross section.
is a Tensile Stress in this case and is considered positive if is above . A positive Shear Force is one which tends to give a clockwise rotation to a rectangular element (Shown dotted in the first Diagram).

- The Stresses on the plane , perpendicular to , are obtained from the radius ' which is at to .

- The Maximum Shear Stress occurs when (i.e. ) and is equal in magnitude to
- The maximum Value of is obtained when is a tangent to the Stress Circle.

## Pure Compression.

If is a Compressive Stress then the other Principle Stress is zero. If is the angle measured from the Plane of zero Stress then in the above diagram numerically. It will be measured to the left for Compression.Hence:
Compressive
Positive
And the Maximum Shear Stress occurs when and is given by:

## Principal Stresses Equal Tension And Compression.

Let be the angle measured anticlockwise from the Plane of Tensile. to the right. to the left. Hence coincides with . and is Tensile for between and Compressive for between and . . When reaches its maximum value (Numerically equal to ) on those Planes where the Normal Stress is Zero (i.e. Pure Shear).Example:

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##### Example - Example 1

Problem

A piece of material is subjected to two compressive Stresses at right angles, their values being and
Find the

**position**of the Plane across which the resultant Stress is most inclined to the Normal and determine the**value**of this resultant Stress.Workings

In the left hand diagram the angle is inclined to the plane of compression. In the right hand diagram and . The maximum angle is found when is a tangent to the Stress Circle. and .
From the right hand diagram:
which gives the position of the plane required.
It is also possible to use Mohr's Stress Circle in the reverse sense to find the magnitude and direction of the Principal Stresses in a given Stress system. An example of this is shown below.

Solution

## A Two-dimensional Stress System.

It has been shown that every system can be reduced to the action of pure normal Stresses on the Principal Planes. Consider the Strains produced by each Stress separately: will cause:- Strain in the direction of
- Strain in the direction of

- Strain in the direction of
- Strain in the direction of

- Strain in the direction of

- Strain in the direction of

## Principal Strains In Three Dimensions.

Using a similar argument to that used in the previous paragraph t can be shown that the Principal Strains in the direction , and are given by :It must be remembered that Stress and Strain in any given direction are not proportional when Stress exists in more than one dimension.

Strain can exist without Stress in the same direction (e.g. If , Then ).
Example:

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##### Example - Example 4

Problem

A piece of material is subjected to three perpendicular Tensile Stresses and the Strains in the three directions are in the ratio of 3:4:5.
If Poisson's Ratio is 0.286 find the

**ratio**of the Stresses and their**value**if the greatest isWorkings

Let the Stresses be , and and the corresponding Strains , , and .
Then :
Subtracting Equation (1) from (3)
Re-writing equations (3) and (2)
And
From Equations (4) and (5)
From this and the other equations above :
Hence the Ratios of the stresses are:
If the greatest Stress is
Then , and

Solution

- The
**ratio**of the Stresses are - , and

## Analysis Of Strain.

If and are the linear and Shear Strains in the plane , then we require an expression for , the linear Strain in a direction inclined at an angle to in terms of and .**Shear strain**refers to a

**deformation**of a solid body in which a plane in the body is displaced parallel to itself relative to parallel planes in the body; quantitatively, it is the displacement of any plane relative to a second plane, divided by the perpendicular distance between planes.

In the diagram the line , of length , is the diagonal of a rectangle which under the given Strains distorts into the dotted parallelogram. moves to . It must be remembered that the actual Strains are small.

(Approx.)
But by definition
The Principal Strains and are the maximum and Minimum values of Strain. These occur at values of obtained by equating to Zero,i.e.,
Then as for the Principal Stresses and are given by :

In order to evaluate and (and hence the Principal Strains) it is necessary to know the linear Strains in any three directions at a particular point.
(Note: If the principal direction are known then only two Strains are required,since and , ).
Finally,if the Strains are caused by Stresses in two dimensions only, then the Principal Stresses can be determined by equations (9) and (10).
Example:

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##### Example - Example 5

Problem

The measured Strains in three directions inclined at 60 degrees to one another are and .
Calculate the

**magnitude**and**direction**of the Principal Strains in this plane. If there is no Stress perpendicular to the given Plane, determine the**Principal Stresses**at the point. andWorkings

Taking the -axis in the direction of the Strain, and are determined from equation (11) with and from the three measured Strains. Hence,
And,
Adding equations (7) and (8)
Using equation (6),
From equations (7) and (8)
The Direction of the Principal Strains and (To the -axis) are found using equation (11)
Therefore, or
The Principal Strains are found using equation (13) and are:
And
For a two dimensional Stress system and using equations (9) and (10)

## Mohr's Strain Circle.

It is now apparent that Mohr's Circle can also be used to represent Strains. The horizontal axis represents linear Strain and the vertical axis half the Shear Strain.

The diagram shows the relationship between and and the Principal Strains and as given by equations (11) and (13).
Note that and
The Strain Circle can be constructed if the linear Strains in three directions at a point and in the same plane are known. The problem of the last exercise will now be solved using this method.
The given Strains are . The Construction of the circle is similar to the Stress Circle. Vertical lines are drawn in relative positions to a datum through and at distances on either side proportional to the given Strains. From on the central line (i.e. in this case),lines are set off at and to the vertical, to cut the corresponding Strain Verticals in and . The Strain Circle then passes through and the Principal Strains are :
And
The radius gives the Strain condition in the direction and the angle . The direction of is then at clockwise from the -axis and is at right angles to .
The Principal Stresses can best be obtained from the Principal Strains by using the same calculations as were used in the last Example.## Volumetric Strain.

A rectangular solid of sides , , is under the action of three principal Stresses , and .Then if , and are the corresponding linear Strains, the dimensions become :
, and
The Volumetric Strain = Increase in volume / Original volume
Since the actual Strains are small this may be written as equal to:

Thus it can be stated that the Volumetric Strain is the Algebraic sum of the three Principal Strains.

The Volumetric Strain can also be found using the **Principal Stresses**in which case: Volumetric Strain =

## Strain Energy

The Strain Energy is the Work done by the Stresses in Straining material.It is sufficiently general to consider a unit cube acted upon by the three Principal Stresses , and . If the corresponding Strains are , and then, since the Stresses are applied gradually from zero, the Total work done = .Example:

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##### Example - Example 6

Problem

The Principal Stresses at a point in an elastic material are tensile tensile compressive.
Calculate the

**volumetric Strain**and the**resilience**. andWorkings

Using equation (14), Volumetric Strain,
Resilience =

Solution

- The
**volumetric Strain**is - The
**resilience**is

## Shear Strain Energy.

Writing,
Then under the action of the mean stress there will be volumetric Strain with no distortion of shape (i.e.no shear Stress anywhere).

The Strain energy under this mean Stress acting in each direction can be derived from equation (15) and may be called

The other terms in the arrangement of , and are proportional to the maximum Shear Stress values in the three planes and will cause a distortion of the shape.
**volumetric Strain Energy****Shear strain Energy**is defined as the Total Strain Energy and the Volumetric Strain Energy.

Thus,
The quantities in the brackets are each twice the maximum Shear Stress in their respective planes.
In a pure Shear Stress system the Principal Stresses are and by substitution:
Shear Straing Energy

**Note:**The relationship between and will be discussed in "Elastic Constants".