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(a) To investigate the relationship between torque, T and the angle of twist, Φ of a

circular cross section specimen in terms of the formula:

Φ = TL / GJ

Where, T = torque

L = length of rod

G = modulus of rigidity of material

J = Πd4 / 32

D = diameter of rod

In this experiment, the material rod will be clamped first, then the load is apply to the rod

via a cord. The length of the shaft is either set 400 mm for the first test followed by 200

mm or vice versa. The rotation scale is set with the pointer pointing 0 o of twist. Load is

apply to the rod by putting it on the hanger. Finally read and record the twist of angle for

each loading. Diameter of the rod needs to be measure and record at the end of the

experiment. From the result we obtained, the relationship between torque, T and the angle

of twist, Φ of a circular cross section specimen or material is proved to be directly

proportional to each another and twist Φ, also proportional to the length of the shaft, L.

And the modulus of rigidity, G for:

Steel = 4545.97 Nmm-2

Nylon = 104.81 Nmm-2

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3.0 APPARATUS

A base frame has a clamp at one end and a ball bearing in a housing (Plummer block) at

the other. A short shaft in the bearing has a three jaw chuck facing the clamp and a

torsion head at the outward side. A hangar cord is wound round the torsion head with an

effective diameter of 75 mm. Specimens in the form of lengths of rod are gripped by the

fixed clamp and the rotating chuck 450 mm away. An arc shaped scale of degrees is

mounted on a base which can be moved along the length of the specimen. A pointer on a

spring steel strip registers the rotation of the specimen when a load is applied to the

hanger cord.

4.0 INTRODUCTION

A torsion bar is a flexible spring that can be moved about its axis via twisting. Torsion

bars are designed and based on the amount of torque used in the twisting of the spring,

the angle of the twist, the overall dimensions of the torsion bar and what materials the

torsion bar is made from.

The most common place to find a torsion bar is in the suspension of a car or truck, in

machines used for production or in other precision devices. The flexibility of the spring is

the main reason that a torsion bar is used. If a more rigid structure were used such as a

steel rod were used too much load bearing pressure would be placed on the both the

wheels and the under body of the vehicle.

A torsion bar works by resisting the torque placed on it. When one end of the torsion bar

is affixed to an object that cannot be moved, the other end of the bar is twisted, thus

causing torque to build up. When this happens, the torsion bar is resistant to the torque

and will quickly go back to its starting position once the torque is removed. In general,

the object that cannot be moved is usually a frame. If there is not any force applied to the

torsion bar, it will stay at the same position until force is applied.

An example the other end of the bar will be contacted to a control arm. The control arm

moves in a fixed manner on the frame and this creates the twisting movement on the bar.

This, in turn, supplies the torque needed to make a spring

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Torsion is the twisting of an object due to an applied torque. In circular sections, the

resultant shearing stress is perpendicular to the radius.

For solid or hollow shafts of uniform circular cross-section and constant wall thickness,

the torsion relations are:

• G is the shear modulus or more commonly the modulus of rigidity and is usually

given in gigapascals (GPa), lbf/in2 (psi), or lbf/ft2.

• J is the torsion constant for the section. It is identical to the polar moment of

inertia for a round shaft or concentric tube only. For other shapes J must be

determined by other means. For solid shafts the membrane analogy is useful, and

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for thin walled tubes of arbitrary shape the shear flow approximation is fairly

good, if the section is not re-entrant. For thick walled tubes of arbitrary shape

there is no simple solution, and finite element analysis (FEA) may be the best

method.

Where:

Note that the highest shear stress is at the point where the radius is maximum, the

surface of the shaft. High stresses at the surface may be compounded by stress

concentrations such as rough spots. Thus, shafts for use in high torsion are polished to a

fine surface finish to reduce the maximum stress in the shaft and increase its service life.

5.0 THEORY

When analysis the stresses and deformation that takes place in circular shafts, an

important property of circular shafts is demonstrated: When a circular shaft is subjected

to torsion, every cross section rotates as a rigid slab. This property will enable to

determine the distribution of shearing strains in a circular shaft and to conclude that the

shearing strain varies linearly with the distance from the axis of the shaft.

Review the derivation and interpretation of the theory of torsion of circular shafts. Start

by looking at a small section of length dx of a circular shaft under torsion. During

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twisting, one end of the shaft will rotate about the longitudinal axis with respect to the

other end. The magnitude of this rotation is measured in terms of the angle in radians by

which one end rotates relative to the other. This is called the ‘Angle of Twist’.

Considering the case of a shaft of length, L and of uniform cross section of radius, c

subjected to a torque, T at its free end. (Figure 1.1)

Figure 1.1

The angle of twist, Φ and the maximum shearing strain, γmax are related as follows:

γmax = cΦ / L

In the elastic range, the shearing strain and shear, τ is related by Hooke’s Law:

γmax = τmax / G = Tc / JG

Equating the right-hand members of equation (1.3) and (1.4), and solving for the angle of

twist, we write:

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Φ = TL/JG

Note that all the relations here are based solely on the geometry of the circular shaft.

Hence they are valid for any type of material. This is not so in what follows, the

calculation of stresses based on linear elastic material behavior.

6.0 PROCEDURE

1. The aluminium alloy rod was clamped in position and the load hanger is put on the

cord.

2. The rotation scale and pointer was set 400 mm from the fixed clamp and the pointer is

put to zero.

3. A load of 40 N by 5 N increments was added and the twist of the specimen for each

increment is recorded in a table.

4. After the load was removed, the rotation scale and pointer is moved to 200 mm from

the clamp and the above procedure is repeated.

5. The diameter of the rod was measured and recorded.

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6. Now, the specimen was changed for the steel rod and the procedure is repeated for

the 400 mm length only.

7. Finally, the Nylon rod was clamped in position and the twist over 400mm and 200mm

is measured when a load up to 40 N by increments of 5 N is applied to the torsion

head. The load was removed and whether full elastic recovery had occurred is noted.

7.0 RESULT

1. Test 1

Material = Aluminium Alloy Diameter = 6.26 mm

Twist of rod

Hanger Load (N) Torque (Nmm) Over 400 (0) Over 200 mm (0)

5 15.65 1.0 0.5

10 31.30 2.0 1.0

15 46.95 3.0 1.5

20 62.60 4.0 2.0

25 78.25 5.0 2.5

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30 93.90 6.0 3.0

35 109.55 7.0 3.5

40 125.20 8.0 4.0

Table 1

2. Test 2

Material = Steel Diameter = 5.03 mm

Hanger Load ( N ) Torque ( Nmm ) Twist over 400 mm ( o )

0 0.0 0.0

5 12.58 1.0

10 25.15 2.0

15 37.73 3.0

20 50.30 4.0

25 62.88 5.0

30 75.45 6.0

35 88.03 7.0

40 100.60 8.0

Table 2

3. Test 3

Twist of rod

Hanger Load (N) Torque (Nmm) Over 400 mm (o) Over 200 mm (o)

1 3.26 4.0 1.0

2 6.51 8.0 3.0

3 9.77 13.0 5.0

4 13.02 19.0 7.0

5 16.28 25.0 10.0

0 0.00 0.0 0.0

Table 3

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ø (rad) = ø (o) x (π / 180)

= 1 x (π / 180)

= 0.0175 rad

Radius, r = d/2

=6.26/2

=3.13 mm

Torque, T = F x r

= 10 x 3.13

= 31.30 Nmm

Key words;

Ø = angle of twist

F = force

r = radius

d = diameter

8.0 DISCUSSION

2) Material : Steel

3) Material : Nylon

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Calculations

Ø = TL / GJ while;

From the graph above the value of L / GJ is slope of graph,m but instead of degree the

angle must be change to unit of radians to compare with units below:

T = torque, N.m

L = length of rod, m

Ø = angle of twist, radian

J= polar moment of area = πd4 / 32, m4

d = diameter of rod, m

Slope, m = L / GJ so

G = L / mJ

Calculation of G for:

1) Aluminium

J = πd4 / 32

= π x (6.26)4 / 32

= 150.76 mm4

G = L/mJ

= 400 / (0.0011 x 150.76)

= 2412.02 N/mm2

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b) For length,L = 200m, m = 0.0005

G = L/mJ

= 200/ (0.0005 x 150.76)

= 2653.22 N/mm 2

= 2532.62 N/mm2

2) Steel

J = πd4 / 32

= π (5.03)4 / 32

= 62.85 mm4

G = L/mJ

= 400 / (0.0014 x 62.85)

= 4545.97 N/mm2

3) Nylon

J = πd4 / 32

= π x (6.51)4 / 32

= 176.33 mm4

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a) For length,L = 400m , m = 0.0255

G = L/mJ

= 400/ (0.0255 x 176.33)

= 88.96 N/mm 2

G = L/mJ

= 200 / (0.0094 x 176.33)

= 120.66 N/mm 2

= 104.81 N/mm2

a. To what extent does the experiment verify the torque / twist formula?

From the data that we get, the graph plotted shows that the angle of twist against torque is

increasing linearly for all types of specimens, but it is not directly proportional as

mention in theory. From the formula given:

Φ α T and Φ α L

Φ = TL / GJ

where Φ = angle of twist (radians)

T = torque

L = length of the shaft

G = modulus of rigidity (constant)

Angle of twist is directly proportional to torque in theory. It can be conclude that the

experiment does not fulfill the torque/twist formula in theory.

b. Were all the graphs (angle of twist against torque) linear, thus exhibiting

purely elastic behavior?

Yes, all the graphs are linear, does exhibiting purely elastic behaviour. A relation will be

derived between the angle of twist of a circular shaft and the torque exerted on the shaft.

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The entire shaft will be assumed to remain elastic. But in the elastic range the yield is not

exceeded anywhere in the shaft, Hooke’s Law apply and we have

ymax= τmaxG

As long as the yield stress of the material is not exceeded the point obtained by plotted

Φ against T will fall in a straight line. The slope of this line represents the quantity JG/L,

from which the modulus of rigidity G may be computed.

aluminum alloy and about 79000 N /mm2 for steel. Comment on the

experimental comparisons.

2 2

N/mm N/mm

Steel 79000 4545.97

Aluminum 26200 2532.62

For steel:

% error compare to handbook value = [(79000 – 4545.97) / 79000] x 100%

= 94.25%

For aluminum:

% error compare to handbook value = [(26200 – 2532.62) / 26200] x 100%

= 90.33%

There are many of reasons why we got the different value compared to the theoretical

value. Firstly, it depends on the temperature of the specimen while the experiment has

been conducted. It may also have an error in taking diameter of the typical torsion of

bars-test specimen. Beside, specimen malformation may probably occur.

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Secondly, environment factor plays an important role in order to get the best result in this

experiment. In this case, we did this experiment in the room temperature which is 27oc.

This temperature may yield different result compared with the theoretical value. Other

than that, air resistance also affected our result. Although this is only a small factor, it

would give error and consequently the result was not accurately.

Thirdly, the loads applied were not consistent. For example, 5N’s block + 5N’s block ≠

10N’s block for the loading block. This factor gives a big effect to our experiment. As a

result, we didn’t get the linear straight line for the angle of twist versus torque graphs. To

solve this matter, we made some interpolation so that the graph accurate with the

theoretical value

There were some errors occurred during the experiment was carried out. Below were the

errors that occurred:

(a) When reading the value, there were some parallax error and the apparatus also

might have zero error.

(b) When reading the value angle of twist, there were some zero-error occur where

the pointer of the angle measurement apparatus is not pointing zero value before

loading added.

(c) Old material such as rusty steel maybe causing reasonable error.

Recommendations

(a) Reduce the parallax error and zero error.

(b) It is better using new materials to run the experiment.

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9.0 CONCLUSION

After analyzed data and discussion about the experiment result, we can conclude

that there are relationship between torque and angle of twist and obey the equation

below:-

Φ = TL / GJ

This equation is a convenient method to determine the modulus of rigidity (G) of any

materials.

From the experiment value of G for specimens;

Specimen

N/mm 2

Steel 4545.97

Aluminum 2532.62

Nylon 104.81

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10. REFERENCE

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torsion_%28mechanics%29

www.attension.com/encyclopedia/torsion+bar+experiment

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/cavendish_experiment

http://www.ehow.com/how-does_5459141_torsion-bar-works.html

http://instruct1.cit.cornell.edu/courses/virtual_lab/chalktalks/theory/1.shtml

http://instruct1.cit.cornell.edu/courses/virtual_lab/chalktalks/theory/2.shtml

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