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# Compound Stress and Strain part 1

The results of both tensile and shear stress acting together.

## Introduction

Drawing reference from the section on Direct Stress , we know that a direct load applied along the axis of a structural member produces a stress that is normal to the axis. However, stresses are not always induced along a direction normal to the axis, but also along inclined planes, in the form of shear stress. It is very common therefore, to find that both Direct Stress and Shear Stress occur at the same time, and as a result, the Stress across any section will be neither normal nor tangential to the plane of that section.

## Oblique Stress.

If is the resultant stress at angle with the normal to the plane on which it acts.

To find the normal and tangential components and then by inspection:

And

Several important particular cases can now be considered.

## Simple Tension

Tension is the magnitude of the pulling force exerted by a string, cable, chain, or similar object on another object. It is the opposite of compression. As tension is the magnitude of a force, it is measured in newtons (or sometimes pounds-force) and is always measured parallel to the string on which it applies.

The bar in the diagram is under the action of pure Tensile Stress along its length. Any transverse section such as will have pure normal Stress acting on it. The problem is to find the Stress acting on any plane at an angle to . This Stress will not be normal to the plane and can be resolved into two components and .

The diagrams show the Stresses acting along the three planes of the triangular prism . There can be no stress on the plane which is a longitudinal plane of the bar. The Stress component must act up the plane for equilibrium. The thickness of the prism is .

The equations of equilibrium can be used to solve for and . Resolving in the Direction of :

Re-arranging,

Resolving in the Direction ,

Re-arranging,

The Resultant Stress,

It can be seen from the above equations that the maximum normal Stress occurs at and is of course equal to the applied stress . The maximum Shear Stress occurs at and has a magnitude of . On these planes there is also a normal component equal to . The variation of Stress components with is given by equations (1),(2) and (3).

Note is zero when and when and The resultant Stress is at a maximum when

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.

The important Result is that: In simple Tension (or Compression) the maximum Shear Stress is equal to half of the applied Stress.

Notes on the diagrams.

• In most problems the Stress is varying from point to point in the member and it is necessary to consider the equilibrium of an element which is sufficiently small to give a value at a particular point.
• It can be seen that the results are independent of the thickness of the element being considered and for convenience it may be assumed to be unity.
• As all the figures will always be right angle triangles, there will be no loss in generality by assuming that the Hypotenuse are of unit length.

By making use of the above it can be seen that the areas on which the Stresses act are proportional to 1 , and , and future figures will show the forces acting on the element.

## Pure Shear

If the Stress on a plane is pure Shear , then there will be an equal complementary Shear Stress on the plane . It is necessary that we should be able to find the Stress components and acting on any plane which is at an angle of to .

Following normal convention the Applied Shear Stresses will be shown acting towards and acting up the plane . In accordance with the note at the end of the last paragraph, the area of the plane is unity. The Forces acting on the plane are shown on the diagram.

Resolving in the direction of ,

Resolving in the direction of ,

Note acts down the plane for

Thus, at an angle to

In the above system the Normal component has maximum and minimum values of (tension) and (compression) on planes which are at to the applied Shear, and on these planes the tangential component is zero. This shows that at a point where there is pure Shear Stress on any two given planes at right angles, the action across the planes of an element taken at to the given planes is one of equal tension and compression.

## Pure Normal Stresses On Given Planes.

If the Stresses on are and on , then the forces on the element are proportional to those shown on the diagram.

Resolving in the direction of ,

Resolving in the direction of

It can be shown that varies between the limits of and which are its maximum and minimum values. However, has a maximum value equal numerically to half the difference between the given normal Stresses and occurring on a plane at to the given planes. This is of some significance when calculating the maximum Shear Stress in any complex system and it will be found that and correspond to the Principle Stresses.

## A General Two-dimension Stress System.

If the Stresses acting on the planes and are, and , then the Forces are as shown.

Resolving in the direction of ,

Resolving in the direction of ,

Example:
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##### Example - Example 1
Problem
If the Stresses on two perpendicular planes which pass through a point are tension; compression and in Shear, find the Stress components and resultant Stress on a plane at 60 degrees to that of the tensile Stress.
Workings

The above diagram shows the forces on the element.

Resolving,

From which

And

From which

occurs at an angle of

## Principal Planes

It can be seen from equation (5) that there are values of for which is zero, and the Planes on which there are no Shear components are called Principal Planes.

From equation (5)

when

This will give two values of which differ by 180 degrees, and hence there are two values of which differ by 90 degrees, i.e., the Principal Planes are at Right Angles.

From the diagram it can be seen that:

And,

where the signs are to be taken as both positive or both negative (giving the Values for )

## Principal Stresses.

The Stresses on the Principal Planes will be pure Normal (Tension or Compression) and their values are called the Principal Stresses.

From Equation (4) and using equations (6) and (7),

Principal Stresses =

The Importance of Principle Stresses is that they are the Maximum and Minimum values of Normal Stress in the two dimensions under consideration. When they are of opposite type they give the numerical values of the maximum tensile and compressive Stresses.

## A Shorter Method For Principal Stresses.

On the assumption that Principal Planes (i.e. planes on which the shear stress is zero) exist, it is possible to use a shorter analysis to determine their position and the value of the associated Principle Stresses.

Let be a principle plane, and let be the Principal Stress acting upon it. Then , and are the Stresses on the planes and (See diagram)

Resolving in the direction of ,

Similarly resolving in the direction of ,

It is now possible to eliminate from equations (8) and (9) to give:

In any numerical problem it is advisable to substitute the values at this stage and then solve the quadratic for the two values of the Principal Stresses. However mulitplying out the equation becomes:

Or,

The values of for the Principal Planes are of course found by substituting in equations (8) and (9).

## Maximum Shear Stresses.

If and are the principal planes and and are the Principal Stresses, then resolving:

Hence, the maximum Shear Stress occurs when , i.e. on planes at to the Principal Planes.

Note: This can be compared to the paragraph on Pure Normal Stress.

The maximum value of is given by:

Thus the maximum Shear Stress is half the algebraic difference between the Principal Stresses.

As all solids have in fact three dimensions, there must be three Principal Stresses although in many cases the third stress is zero.

In calculating the maximum Shear Stress by taking one-half the algebraic difference between the Principal Stresses, the zero Stress will be of importance if the other two are of the same type (Tensile or Compressive). The following figure illustrates this where and are the three Principal Stresses (Compression is shown as being negative). Note that to find the maximum it is necessary to find the greatest difference in the stresses.

Example:
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##### Example - Example 2
Problem
At a Section in a beam the tensile stress due to bending is and there is a shear stress of

Determine from first principles the magnitude and direction of the Principal Stresses and calculate the maximum Shear Stress.

Workings
Let be a principal Plane and the plane on which the Bending Stress acts. There is no Normal Stress on since it is a longitudinal plane of the Beam. The forces are shown on the diagram.

Resolving in the direction of ,

Resolving in the direction of ,

Eliminating ,

or

i.e. The Principal Stresses are in tension and in compression. The third stress is zero.

Using these values the directions of the Principal Planes are given by:

and (Differing by )

The Maximum Shear Stress

and the Planes of Maximum Shear are at to the Principal Planes i.e. and .
Solution
• The maximum Shear Stress is

## Poisson's Ratio

If a bar is subjected to a longitudinal Stress, there will be a Strain in the direction of the Stress. The value of this Strain is . There will also be a Strain in all directions perpendicular to and the final shape of the bar will be as shown by the dotted lines on the diagram.

Poisson's ratio is the ratio, when a sample object is stretched, of the contraction or transverse strain (perpendicular to the applied load), to the extension or axial strain (in the direction of the applied load).

For an elastic material it has been found that the Lateral Strain is proportional to the Longitudinal Strain and is of the opposite type.

The Ratio = Lateral Strain / Longitudinal Strain

when it is produced by a single Stress is called Poisson's Ratio and the symbol used is or

e.g. Lateral Strain = or

If the Stress is beyond the Elastic Limit and the Total Longitudinal Strain is then the "elastic" portion is approximately and the "plastic" portion is . For plastic deformation Poisson's Ratio may be taken as , i.e. there is no change in either density or volume, and hence:

Total Lateral Strain =
Example:
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##### Example - Example 3
Problem
A steel bar long and with a rectangular cross section of by is subjected to a uniform Tensile Stress of along its length.

Find the changes in dimension.

and Poisson's ratio = .
Workings
Longitudinal Strain =

Therefore, the increase in length =

Lateral Strain =

Decrease in dimension =

Decrease in dimension =
Solution
• Decrease in dimension is
• Decrease in dimension is