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# Chapter 5 Equilibrium of a Rigid Body

Objectives
• Develop the equations of equilibrium for a rigid body
• Concept of the free-body diagram for a rigid body
• Solve rigid-body equilibrium problems using the equations
of equilibrium
Chapter 5 Outline
• Conditions for Rigid Equilibrium
• Free-Body Diagrams
• Equations of Equilibrium
• Two and Three-Force Members
• Free Body Diagrams
• Equations of Equilibrium
• Constraints and Statical Determinacy
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5.1 Conditions for Rigid-Body Equilibrium
• The equilibrium of a body is expressed as

• Consider summing moments about some other point, such
as point A, we require
( )
0
0
R
R O
O
= =
= =
¿
¿
F F
M M
( )
0
A R R
O
= × + =
¿
M r F M
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5.2 Free Body Diagrams
Support Reactions
• If a support prevents the translation of a body in a given direction, then
a force is developed on the body in that direction.
• If rotation is prevented, a couple moment is exerted on the body.
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5.2 Free Body Diagrams
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5.2 Free Body Diagrams
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5.2 Free Body Diagram
Weight and Center of Gravity
• Each particle has a specified weight
• System can be represented by a single resultant force,
known as weight W of the body
• Location of the force application is known as the center of
gravity
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Example 5.1
Draw the free-body diagram of the uniform beam. The beam has a mass of
100kg.
Solution
Free-Body Diagram
• Support at A is a fixed wall
• Two forces acting on the beam at A denoted as A
x
, A
y
, with moment M
A

• Unknown magnitudes of these vectors
• For uniform beam,
Weight, W = 100(9.81) = 981N
acting through beam’s center of gravity, 3m from A
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5.4 Two- and Three-Force Members
Two-Force Members
• When forces are applied at only two points on a member, the member is
called a two-force member
• Only force magnitude must be determined
Three-Force Members
When subjected to three forces, the forces are concurrent or parallel
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5.5 3D Free-Body Diagrams
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5.5 Free-Body Diagrams
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5.7 Constraints for a Rigid Body
Redundant Constraints
• More support than needed for equilibrium
• Statically indeterminate: more unknown
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5.7 Constraints for a Rigid Body
Improper Constraints
• Instability caused by the improper constraining by the supports
• When all reactive forces are concurrent at this point, the body is
improperly constrained
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Chapter 6 Structural Analysis
Objectives
• Determine the forces in the members of a truss using the
method of joints and the method of sections
• Analyze forces acting on the members of frames and
machines composed of pin-connected members
Outline
• Simple Trusses
• The Method of Joints
• Zero-Force Members
• The Method of Sections
• Space Trusses
• Frames and Machines

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6.1 Simple Truss
• A truss composed of slender members joined together at their
end points
Planar Trusses
• The analysis of the forces developed in the truss members is 2D
• Similar to roof truss, the bridge truss loading is also coplanar

Assumptions for Design
• “All loadings are applied at the joint”
- Weight of the members neglected
• “The members are joined together by smooth pins”
- Assume connections provided the center lines of the
joining members are concurrent

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6.1 Simple Truss
Simple Truss
• Form of a truss must be rigid to prevent collapse
• The simplest form that is rigid or stable is a triangle

• For truss, we need to know the force in each members
• Forces in the members are internal forces
• For external force members, equations of equilibrium can be applied
• Force system acting at each joint is coplanar and concurrent
• ∑F
x
= 0 and ∑F
y
= 0 must be satisfied for equilibrium
Method of Joints
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Example 6.1
Determine the force in each member of the truss and indicate whether the
members are in tension or compression.
Solution
• 2 unknown member forces at joint B
• 1 unknown reaction force at joint C
• 2 unknown member forces and 2 unknown
reaction forces at point A
For Joint B,

) ( 500 0 45 cos
; 0
) ( 1 . 707 0 45 sin 500
; 0
T N F F N F
F
C N F N F N
F
BA BA BC
y
BC BC
x
= ¬ = ÷
= ¿ | +
= ¬ = ÷
= ¿ ÷ +

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Solution
For Joint C,

For Joint A,

N C N C
F
T N F N F
F
y y
y
CA CA
x
500 0 45 sin 1 . 707
; 0
) ( 500 0 45 cos 1 . 707
; 0
= ¬ = ÷
= ¿ | +
= ¬ = + ÷
= ¿ ÷ +

N A A N
F
N A A N
F
y y
y
x x
x
500 0 500
; 0
500 0 500
; 0
= ¬ = ÷
= ¿ | +
= ¬ = ÷
= ¿ ÷ +
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6.3 Zero-Force Members
• Method of joints is simplified using zero-force members
• Zero-force members is supports with no loading
• In general, when 3 members form a truss joint, the 3
rd

member is a zero-force member provided no external force
or support reaction is applied to the joint
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Example 6.4
Using the method of joints, determine all the zero-force
members of the roof truss. Assume all joints are pin connected.

Solution
For Joint G,

GC is a zero-force member.

For Joint D,
0 0 = ¬ = ¿ | +
GC y
F F
0 0 = ¬ = ¿
DF x
F F
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Solution
For Joint F,

For Joint B,
2
BH
F kN =
0 , 90
0 cos 0
= =
= ¬ = ¿ | +
FC
FC y
F
F F

u
u
F
HC
satisfy ∑F
y
= 0 and therefore
HC is not a zero-force member.
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6.4 Method of Sections
• Used to determine the loadings within a body
• If a body is in equilibrium, any part of the body is in equilibrium
• To find forces within members, an imaginary section is used to
cut each member into 2 and expose each internal force as
external
• Consider the truss and section a-a as shown
• Member forces are equal and opposite to those acting on
the other part – Newton’s Law
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Example 6.5
Determine the force in members GE, GC, and BC of the truss.
Indicate whether the members are in tension or compression.
N A N N A F
N D m D m N m N M
N A A N F
y y y
y y A
x x x
300 0 900 1200 ; 0
900 0 ) 12 ( ) 3 ( 400 ) 8 ( 1200 ; 0
400 0 400 ; 0
= ¬ = + ÷ = ¿ | +
= ¬ = + ÷ ÷ = ¿
= ¬ = ÷ = ¿ ÷ +
Solution
Draw FBD of the entire truss
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Solution
• Draw FBD for the section portion
) ( 500 0
5
3
300 ; 0
) ( 800 0 ) 3 ( ) 8 ( 300 ; 0
) ( 800 0 ) 3 ( ) 3 ( 400 ) 4 ( 300 ; 0
T N F F N F
C N F m F m N M
T N F m F m N m N M
GC GC y
GE GE C
BC BC G
= ¬ = ÷ = ¿ | +
= ¬ = + ÷ = ¿
= ¬ = + ÷ ÷ = ¿
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Example 6.5
Reaction force

400N
300N
900N
x
y
y
A
A
D
= ÷
=
=
D
1500N
1200N
900N
1500N
E
800N
900N
400N
C
800N
1200N
1200N
900N
500N
B
800N
0N
800N
A
400N
300N
500N
800N
G
500N
0N
800N
500N
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6.6 Frames
• Composed of pin-connected multi-force members
• Frames are stationary
• Apply equations of equilibrium to each member to determine
the unknown forces
Example 6.9
For the frame, draw the free-body diagram of (a) each
member, (b) the pin at B and (c) the two members
connected together.
Solution
Part (a)
BA and BC are not two-force
AB is subjected to the resultant forces from the pins
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6kN 12kN 0 4kN 4kN 32kN
x y x y y A
A A B B C M m = = = = = = ·
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Chapter 7 Internal Force
Objectives
• Method of sections for determining the internal loadings in a
member
• Develop procedure by formulating equations that describe
the internal shear and moment throughout a member
• Analyze the forces and study the geometry of cables
Outline
• Internal Forces Developed in Structural Members
• Shear and Moment Equations and Diagrams
• Relations between Distributed Load, Shear and
Moment
• Cables
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7.1 Internal Forces in Structural Members
• The design of any structural or mechanical member requires the
material to be used to be able to resist the loading acting on the member
• These internal loadings can be determined by the method of sections

• Force component N, acting normal to the beam at the cut session
• V acting tangent to the session are normal or axial force and the shear
force
• Couple moment M is referred as the bending moment
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Example 7.3
Determine the internal force, shear force and
the bending moment acting at point B of the
two-member frame.
Support Reactions
FBD of each member
Member AC
∑ M
A
= 0;
-400kN(4m) + (3/5)F
DC
(8m)= 0
F
DC
= 333.3kN
+→∑ F
x
= 0;
-A
x
+ (4/5)(333.3kN) = 0
A
x
= 266.7kN
+↑∑ F
y
= 0;
A
y
– 400kN + 3/5(333.3kN) = 0
A
y
= 200kN
Solution
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Solution
Support Reactions
Member AB
+→∑ F
x
= 0; N
B
– 266.7kN = 0
N
B
= 266.7kN
+↑∑ F
y
= 0; 200kN – 200kN – V
B
= 0
V
B
= 0
∑ M
B
= 0; M
B
– 200kN(4m) – 200kN(2m) = 0
M
B
= 400kN.m
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7.2 Shear and Moment Equations
• Beams – structural members designed to support loadings
perpendicular to their axes
• A simply supported beam is pinned at one end and roller
supported at the other
• A cantilevered beam is fixed at one end and free at the other
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7.3 Relations between Distributed Load, Shear and Moment
• Consider beam AD subjected to an arbitrary load
w = w(x) and a series of concentrated forces and moments
downwards
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7.3 Relations between Distributed Load, Shear and Moment
• Distributed loading has been replaced by a resultant force ∆F
= w(x) ∆x that acts at a fractional distance k (∆x) from the
right end, where 0 < k <1
( ) | |
2
) ( ) (
0 ) ( ) ( ; 0
) (
0 ) ( ) ( ; 0
x k x w x V M
M M x k x x w M x V M
x x w V
V V x x w V F
y
A ÷ A = A
= A + + A A + ÷ A ÷ = ¿
A ÷ = A
= A + ÷ A ÷ = ¿ | +
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7.3 Relations between Distributed Load, Shear and Moment
V
dx
dM
=
) (x w
dx
dV
÷ =
Slope of the
shear diagram
Negative of distributed
Slope of
shear diagram
Shear moment diagram
}
= A Vdx M
BC
}
÷ = A dx x w V
BC
) (
Change in shear
Area under
shear diagram
Change in moment
Area under
shear diagram
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Example 7.9
Draw the shear and moment diagrams for the
overhang beam.

The support reactions are shown.
Shear Diagram
Shear of –2 kN at end A of the beam
is at x = 0.

Positive jump of 10 kN at x = 4 m
due to the force.

Moment Diagram
( ) | | m kN 8 4 2 0
0 4
· ÷ = ÷ + = A + =
= =
M M M
x x
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7.4 Cables
Cable Subjected to Concentrated Loads
• For a cable of negligible weight, it will subject to constant
tensile force
• Known: h, L
1
, L
2
, L
3
1
and P
2
• Form 2 equations of equilibrium
• Use Pythagorean Theorem to relate the three segmental
lengths
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Example 7.11
Determine the tension in each segment of the cable.
FBD for the entire cable.
0; 0
0;
(18 ) 4 (15 ) 15 (10 ) 3 (2 ) 0
12
0; 12 4 15 3 0
10
x x x
E
y
y
y y
y
F A E
M
A m kN m kN m kn m
A kN
F kN kN kN kN E
E kN
+ ÷ ¿ = ÷ + =
¿ =
÷ + + + =
=
+ | ¿ = ÷ ÷ ÷ + =
=
Consider leftmost section which cuts cable BC since sag y
C
= 12m.
0;
(12 ) 12 (8 ) 4 (5 ) 0
6.33
0; cos 6.33 0
0; 12 4 sin 0
51.6 , 10.2
C
x
x x
x BC BC
y BC BC
BC BC
M
A m kN m kN m
A E kN
F T kN
F kN kN T
T kN
u
u
u
¿ =
÷ + =
= =
+ ÷ ¿ = ÷ =
+ | ¿ = ÷ ÷ =
= =
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7.4 Cables
Cable Subjected to a Distributed Load
• Consider weightless cable subjected to a load w = w(x)
• For FBD of the cable having length ∆x
• Since the tensile force changes continuously, it is denoted on the FBD by ∆T
• Distributed load is represented by second integration,

( )
} }
= dx dx x w
F
y
H
) (
1
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Cable
cos ( ) cos( ) 0
sin ( )sin( ) 0
1
( ) cos sin 0
2
T T T
T w w T T
w x x T y T x
u u u
u u u
u u
÷ + + A + A =
÷ ÷ A + + A + A =
A A ÷ A + A =
1 cos
[ cos ( ) cos ] 0 ( cos ) 0
1 ( sin )
[ sin ( ) sin( )] 0 0
1
2
T d
T T T T
x x dx
d T
T w x T T w
x dx
w x
u
u u u
u
u u u
A
÷ + + A = ¬ = =
A A
÷ ÷ A + + A + A = ¬ ÷ =
A
¬ A cos sin 0 tan
y dy
T T
x dx
u u u
A
÷ + = ¬ =
A
cos constant
sin
sin 1
tan ( )
cos
H
H
T F
T wdx
T
y dx dx wdx dx
T F
u
u
u
u
u
= =
=
= = =
}
} } } }
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Solution
Note w(x) = w
o

Perform two integrations 
Boundary Conditions at x = 0 

Therefore, Curve becomes

Boundary Condition at x = L/2 
( )
} }
= dx dx w
F
y
o
H
1
|
|
.
|

\
|
+ + =
2 1
2
2
1
C x C
x w
F
y
o
H
0 / , 0 , 0 = = = dx dy x y
0
2 1
= = C C
2
2
x
F
w
y
H
o
=
h y =

For constant,

Tension, T = F
H
/cosθ

Slope at point B 

Therefore

Using triangular relationship
2
2
2
4
and
8
x
L
h
y
h
L w
F
o
H
= =
1
max max
/ 2
tan tan
2
o
H
x L
dy w L
dx F
u u
÷
=
| |
= ¬ =
|
\ .
) cos(
max
max
u
H
F
T =
2
4
2 2 2
max
L w F
T
o H
+
=
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Solution
For a differential segment of cable length ds,

Determine total length by integrating,

Integrating yields,
dx x
L
h
ds
L
} }
|
.
|

\
|
+ = =
2 /
0
2
2
8
1 2 
(
(
¸
(

¸

|
.
|

\
|
+
|
.
|

\
|
+ =
÷
L
h
h
L
L
h L 4
sinh
4
4
1
2
1
2

( ) ( ) dx
dx
dy
dy dx ds
2
2 2
1
|
.
|

\
|
+ = + =
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7.4 Cables
Cable Subjected to its Own Weight
• When weight of the cable is considered, the loading function
becomes a function of the arc length s rather than length x
• FBD of a segment of the cable is shown
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7.4 Cables
Cable Subjected to its Own Weight

• Apply equilibrium equations to the force system

• Replace dy/dx by ds/dx for direct integration
1
cos sin ( ) ( )
H
H
dy
T F T w s ds w s ds
dx F
u u = = =
} }
2
2 2
1
dy ds
ds dx dy
dx dx
| |
= + = ÷
|
\ .
( )
2 / 1
2
2
) (
1
1
)
`
¹
¹
´
¦
+ =
}
ds s w
F dx
ds
H
( )
}
}
)
`
¹
¹
´
¦
+
=
2 / 1
2
2
) (
1
1 ds s w
F
ds
x
H
cos ( ) cos( ) 0
sin ( )sin( ) 0
1
( ) cos sin 0
2
T T T
T w s T T
w s s T y T x
u u u
u u u
u u
÷ + + A + A =
÷ ÷ A + + A + A =
A A ÷ A + A =
1
cos constant
1
( sin ) 0
sin 1
tan
cos
H
H
T F
s
d
T w
s ds
dy
wds
dx F
u
u
u
u
u
¬ = =
A
¬ ÷ =
A
= = =
}
Therefore
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Example 7.13
Determine the deflection curve, the length, and the maximum
tension in the uniform cable. The cable weights w
o
= 5N/m.
Solution
For symmetry, origin located at the center of the cable.
Deflection curve expressed as y = f(x)

( )( )
}
}
(
¸
(

¸

+
=
2 / 1
2
2
/ 1 1 ds w F
ds
x
o H
( )( ) | |
}
+ +
=
2 / 1
2
1
2
/ 1 1 C s w F
ds
x
o H
Substitute

Perform second integration

or
( )( )
1
/ 1 C s w F u
o H
+ = ds F w du
H o
) / ( =
{ }
2
1
sinh C u
w
F
x
o
H
+ =
÷
( )
)
`
¹
¹
´
¦
+
(
¸
(

¸

+ =
÷
2 1
1
1
sinh C C s w
F w
F
x
o
H o
H
90
Solution
Evaluate constants

dy/dx = 0 at s = 0, then C
1
= 0
s=0 at x=0, then C
2
=0

solve for s
}
= ds w
F dx
dy
o
H
1
|
|
.
|

\
|
+ =
1
1
C s w
F dx
dy
o
H
|
|
.
|

\
|
= x
F
w
w
F
s
H
o
o
H
sinh
( )
)
`
¹
¹
´
¦
+
(
¸
(

¸

+ =
÷
2 1
1
1
sinh C C s w
F w
F
x
o
H o
H
|
|
.
|

\
|
= x
F
w
dx
dy
H
o
sinh
3
cosh C x
F
w
w
F
y
H
o
o
H
+
|
|
.
|

\
|
=
Boundary Condition y = 0 at x = 0 

For deflection curve,

This equations defines a catenary curve.
o
H
w
F
C ÷ =
3
(
¸
(

¸

÷
|
|
.
|

\
|
= 1 cosh x
F
w
w
F
y
H
o
o
H
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Solution
Boundary Condition y = h at x = L/2

Since w
o
= 5N/m, h = 6m and L = 20m,

(
¸
(

¸

÷
|
|
.
|

\
|
= 1 cosh x
F
w
w
F
h
H
o
o
H
(
¸
(

¸

÷
|
|
.
|

\
|
= 1
50
cosh
/ 5
6
H
H
F
N
m N
F
m
N F
H
9 . 45 =
For deflection curve,

x = 10m, for half length of the cable

Hence

Maximum tension occurs when is maximum at s = 12.1m

( )
9.19 cosh 0.109 1 y x m ( = ÷
¸ ¸
( )
max max
12.1
max
max
5 / 12.1
tan 1.32 , 52.8
45.9
45.9
75.9
cos cos52.8
s m
H
N m m
dy
dx N
F N
T N
u u
u
=
= = = =
= = =
( )
45.9 5 /
sinh 10 12.1
2 5 / 45.9
N m
m m
N m N
(
= =
(
¸ ¸
24.2m =
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Chapter 8 Friction
Objectives
• Introduce the concept of dry friction
• To present specific applications of frictional force analysis
on wedges, screws, belts, and bearings
• To investigate the concept of rolling resistance
Chapter Outline
• Characteristics of Dry Friction
• Problems Involving Dry Friction
• Wedges, Screws, Flat Belts, Collar Bearings, Pivot Bearings,
and Disks, Journal Bearings
• Rolling Resistance
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8.1 Characteristics of Dry Friction
Theory of Dry Friction: Impending Motion
• Constant of proportionality μ
s
is known as the coefficient
of static friction
• Angle ϕ
s
that R
s
makes with N is called the angle of static
friction

s
s s
s
N
N
N
F
µ
µ
|
1 1 1
tan tan tan
÷ ÷ ÷
=
|
.
|

\
|
=
|
.
|

\
|
=
1.10 – 1.70 Aluminum on aluminum
0.30 – 0.60 Leather on metal
0.20 – 0.50 Leather on wood
0.30 – 0.70 Wood on wood
0.03 – 0.05 Metal on ice
Coefficient of Static Friction μ
s
Contact Materials
Typical Values of μ
s
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Chapter 9 Center of Gravity and Centroid
Objectives
• Concept of the center of gravity, center of mass, and the
centroid
• Determine the location of the center of gravity and centroid
for a system of discrete particles and a body of arbitrary
shape
9.1 Center of Gravity and Center of Mass
Mass Center

• Consider a particle having weight of dW

m
m z
z
m
m y
y
m
m x
x
¿
¿
=
¿
¿
=
¿
¿
=
~
,
~
;
~
}
}
}
}
}
}
= = =
dW
dW z
z
dW
dW y
y
dW
dW x
x
~
;
~
;
~
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Example 9.1
Locate the centroid of the rod bent into the shape of a parabolic arc.
Solution
For differential length of the element dL

Since x = y
2
and then dx/dy = 2y

The centroid is located at

( ) ( )
( )
2
2 2
2
1
2 1
dx
dL dx dy dy
dy
dL y dy
| |
= + = +
|
\ .
= +
1 1
2 2 2
0 0
1 1
2 2
0 0
1
2
0
1
2
0
4 1 4 1
0.6063
0.410
1.479
4 1 4 1
4 1
0.8484
0.574
1.479
4 1
L
L
L
L
xdL
x y dy y y dy
x m
dL
y dy y dy
ydL
y y dy
y m
dL
y dy
+ +
= = = = =
+ +
+
= = = =
+
}
} }
}
} }
}
}
}
}
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9.2 Composite Bodies
Example 9.10

Locate the centroid of the plate area.
Solution
Composite Parts
Plate divided into 3 segments.
Area of small rectangle considered “negative”.

Moment Arm
Location of the centroid for each piece is
determined and indicated in the diagram.
Summations

mm
A
A y
y
mm
A
A x
x
22 . 1
5 . 11
14
~
348 . 0
5 . 11
4
~
= =
¿
¿
=
÷ =
÷
=
¿
¿
=
97
9.5 Fluid Pressure
• Magnitude of depends on the specific weight or mass density
of the fluid and the depth z of the point from the fluid surface
Valid for incompressible fluids

p z gz ¸ µ = =
Flat Plate of Constant Width
• As pressure varies linearly with depth, the
distribution of pressure over the plate’s surface is
represented by a trapezoidal volume having an
intensity of

at depth z
1
and
at depth z
2

• Magnitude of the resultant force F
R

Curved Plate of Constant Width

1 1 1
w bp brz = = 2 2 2
w bp brz = =
98
Example 9.14
Determine the magnitude and location of the resultant hydrostatic
force acting on the submerged rectangular plate AB. The plate has
a width of 1.5m; w = 1000kg/m
3
.
Solution
The water pressures at depth A and B are

For intensities of the load at A and B,

This force acts through the centroid
of the area,

measured upwards from B

m kN kPa m b w
m kN kPa m b w
B B
A A
/ 58 . 73 ) 05 . 49 )( 5 . 1 (
/ 43 . 29 ) 62 . 19 )( 5 . 1 (
= = =
= = =
µ
µ
kPa m s m m kg gz
kPa m s m m kg gz
B w B
A w A
05 . 49 ) 5 )( / 81 . 9 )( / 1000 (
62 . 19 ) 2 )( / 81 . 9 )( / 1000 (
2 3
2 3
= = =
= = =
µ µ
µ µ
1
(3)(29.4 73.6) 154.5
2
R
F N = + =
m h 29 . 1 ) 3 (
58 . 73 43 . 29
58 . 73 ) 43 . 29 ( 2
3
1
=
|
.
|

\
|
+
+
=
99
Chapter 10 Moments of Inertia
Objectives
• Method for determining the moment of inertia for an area
• Introduce product of inertia and show determine the
maximum and minimum moments of inertia for an area
Outline
• Definitions of Moments of Inertia for Areas
• Parallel-Axis Theorem for an Area
• Radius of Gyration of an Area
• Moments of Inertia for Composite Areas
• Product of Inertia for an Area
• Moments of Inertia for an Area about Inclined Axes
• Mohr’s Circle for Moments of Inertia
• Mass Moment of Inertia

100
10.1 Definition of Moments of Inertia for Areas
• Centroid for an area is determined by the first moment of an area about an
axis
• Second moment of an area is referred as the moment of inertia
Moment of Inertia
• moments of inertia of the differential plane area dA

• Formulate the second moment of dA about z axis

where r is perpendicular from the pole (z axis) to the element dA
• Polar moment of inertia for entire area,

2 2
2 2

x y
x y
A A
dI y dA dI x dA
I y dA I x dA
= =
= =
} }
dA r dJ
O
2
=
2
z x y
A
J r dA I I = = +
}
101
10.2 Parallel Axis Theorem for an Area
• Determine the moment of inertia of area about a corresponding parallel.
• For moment of inertia of dA about x
axis

• For entire area

• For polar moment of inertia

( )
( )
} } }
}
+ + =
+ =
+ =
A
y
A
y
A
A
y x
y x
dA d dA y d dA y
dA d y I
dA d y dI
2 2
2
2
' 2 '
'
'
2 2
2
' 0; 0
and
x x y y y x
z C
y dA y dA y
= = =
¬ = + = +
= +
} }
102
10.3 Radius of Gyration of an Area
• Radius of gyration of a planar area has units of length and is
a quantity used in the design of columns in structural
mechanics
• For radii of gyration

y x z
x y z
I I J
k k k
A A A
= = =
103
Example 10.1
Determine the moment of inertia for the rectangular area with respect to (a)
the centroidal x’ axis, (b) the axis x
b
passing through the base of the
rectangular, and (c) the pole or z’ axis perpendicular to the x’-y’ plane and
passing through the centroid C.

Solution

By applying parallel axis theorem,

For polar moment of inertia about point C,

3
2 /
2 /
2
2 /
2 /
2 2
12
1
' ) ' ( ' ' bh dy y bdy y dA y I
h
h
h
h A
x
= = = =
} } }
÷ ÷
3
2
3 2
3
1
2 12
1
bh
h
bh bh Ad I I
x x
b
=
|
.
|

\
|
+ = + =
3 2 2
' '
1 1
and ( )
12 12
y C x y
I hb J I I bh h b = = + = +
104
10.5 Product of Inertia for an Area
• Moment of inertia for an area is different for every axis
• Product of inertia for an element of area dA located at a
point (x, y) is defined as

xy
xy
A
dI xydA
I xydA
=
=
}
Parallel Axis Theorem
• For the product of inertia of dA with
respect to the x and y axes

• For the entire area,

• Forth integral represent the total area A,

( )( )dA d y d x dI
A
y x xy
}
+ + = ' '
( )( )
} } } }
}
+ + + =
+ + =
A
y x
A
y
A A
x
A
y x xy
dA d d dA x d dA y d dA y x
dA d y d x dI
' ' ' '
' '
y x y x xy
d Ad I I + =
' '
105
10.6 Moments of Inertia for an Area about Inclined Axes
T
2 2
,
cos sin
,
sin cos
cos sin
,
sin cos
I dA, I dA, I dA
Consider moment of inertia matrix
I I
I I
xx yy xy
xx xy
xy yy
x u
r r
y v
x u
r r
y v
u x
r r
v y
y x xy
u u
u u
u u
u u
( (
'
= =
( (
¸ ¸ ¸ ¸
÷
( ( (
'
= =
( ( (
¸ ¸ ¸ ¸ ¸ ¸
( ( (
'
= =
( ( (
÷
¸ ¸ ¸ ¸ ¸ ¸
= = =

} } }
A
A
I =
T T
I I

I I
Then and
uu uv
uv vv
( (
' =
( (
¸ ¸ ¸ ¸
' ' = =
I
I A I A I A I A
x
y
u
v
θ
0
r
Principal Moments of Inertia
• Or find the eigenvalue of I or I’
matrix
106
Example 10.8
Determine the principal moments of inertia for the beam’s cross-sectional
area with respect to an axis passing through the centroid.

Moment and product of inertia of the cross-sectional area,

( ) ( ) ( )
4 9 4 9 4 9
10 00 . 3 10 60 . 5 10 90 . 2 mm I mm I mm I
z y x
÷ = = =
Solution
2
2.9 3
3 5.6
( -2.9)( -5.6)+9 =0
8.5 7.24 0
eigenvalue of ( ) 0.96 or 7.54
0.96 2.9 3 1.94 3 3
eigenvector , 0,
3 0.96 2.9 3 1.94 1.94
7.54 2.9 3 4.6
3 7.54 5.6
x x x x x
x
ì ì
ì ì
ì
ì
÷
(
=
(
÷
¸ ¸
÷ + =
=
÷ ÷
( ( (
= = = =
( ( (
÷ ÷
¸ ¸ ¸ ¸ ¸ ¸
÷
(
=
(
÷
¸ ¸
I
I
I
4 3 3
0,
3 1.94 4.64
x x
( (
~ =
( (
÷
¸ ¸ ¸ ¸
107
10.7 Mohr’s Circle for Moments of Inertia
• The circle constructed is known as a Mohr’s circle with radius

and center at (a, 0) where

2
2
2
xy
y x
I
I I
R +
|
|
.
|

\
| +
=
( ) 2 /
y x
I I a + =
108
10.7 Mohr’s Circle for Moments of Inertia
Determine I
x
, I
y
and I
xy
• Establish the x, y axes for the area, with the origin located at point P of
interest and determine I
x
, I
y
and I
xy

Principal of Moments of Inertia
• Points where the circle intersects the abscissa give the values of the
principle moments of inertia I
min
and I
max
• Product of inertia will be zero at these points

Principle Axes
• This angle represent twice the angle from the x axis to the area in question
to the axis of maximum moment of inertia I
max
• The axis for the minimum moment of inertia I
min
is perpendicular to the
axis for I
max

109
10.8 Mass Moment of Inertia
• Mass moment of inertia is defined as the integral of the second moment about an axis of all
the elements of mass dm which compose the body
• For body’s moment of inertia
about the z axis,

• The axis that is generally chosen
for analysis, passes through the
body’s mass center G
• When ρ being a constant,

}
=
m
dm r I
2
}
=
V
dV r I
2
µ
For moment of inertia of body
about the z axis,

Parallel Axis Theorem
For moment of inertia about the z axis,
I = I
G
+ md
2

( ) | |
( )
} } }
} }
+ + + =
+ + = =
m m m
m m
dm d dm x d dm y x
dm y x d dm r I
2
2 2
2 2 2
' 2 ' '
' '
m
I
k or mk I = =
2
110