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What is shear lag ? Is there any affect of shear lag on aircraft structure ?

Shear lag is caused when a framing member is connected to another member by only a portion of its cross-section. An example would be connecting steel stringer beams to girders. In many cases, a steel angle is bolted (or welded) to the web of the stringer, which is then connected to the girder. The top and bottom flanges of the stringer are not connected to the girder. Shear lag occurs because the forces cannot be transmitted directly into the entire cross-section of the stringer. This means that the area of the member that is effective in resisting the force is something less than the total area. Shear lag could occur within an aircraft structure in cases where only portions of the cross-section of a framing member are used in a connection. This would be considered in the connection design.