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LECTURE 1.

Concept of Stress

Contents
Concept of Stress
Review of Statics
Structure Free-Body Diagram
Component Free-Body Diagram
Method of Joints
Stress Analysis
Design
Shearing Stress
Shearing Stress Examples
Problem Examples 1-4
Reference: Ferdinand P. Beer, E. Russell Johnston, Jr. & John T. DeWolf,
"Mechanics of materials" 5th edition, McGraw-Hill, 2005. (Textbook).

10/12/2011

Concept of Stress
The main objective of the study of the mechanics of
materials is to provide the future engineer with the means
of analyzing and designing various machines and load
bearing structures.
Both the analysis and design of a given structure involve
the determination of stresses and deformations. This
chapter is devoted to the concept of stress.

Review of Statics
The structure is designed to support a 30 kN load
(Fig. 1.1)
The structure consists of a boom and rod joined by
pins (zero moment connections) at the junctions and
supports

Perform a static analysis to determine the internal

force in each structural member and the reaction
forces at the supports

Structure Free-Body Diagram

Structure is detached from supports
and the loads and reaction forces are
indicated
Conditions for static equilibrium:
MC

Ax

40 kN

Fx

0 Ax

Cx

Ax

Cx
40 kN

Fy

Ay

Cy

Ay

Cy

30 kN

30 kN

these equations
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Component Free-Body Diagram

In addition to the complete structure, each
component must satisfy the conditions for
static equilibrium
Consider a free-body diagram for the boom:
MB

Ay

Ay * 0.8m

equation
Cy

30 kN

Results:
A

40 kN

Cx

40 kN

Cy

30 kN

Reaction forces are directed along

boom and rod
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Method of Joints
The boom and rod are
2-force members, i.e.,
the members are
subjected to only two
forces which are
applied at member
ends
For equilibrium, the
forces must be parallel to
an axis between the force
application points, equal
in magnitude, and in
opposite directions
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Method of Joints (con.)

Joints must satisfy the
conditions for static
equilibrium which may be
expressed in the form of a
force triangle:

FB

FAB
4

FBC
5

FAB

40 kN

30 kN
3
FBC

50 kN

Stress Analysis
Can the structure safely support the
From a statics analysis
FAB = 40 kN (compression)
FBC = 50 kN (tension)
At any section through member BC, the
internal force is 50 kN with a force
intensity or stress of
dBC = 20 mm
BC

P
A

50 103 N
314 10-6 m 2

159 MPa

From the material properties for steel, the

allowable stress is
all

165 MPa

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Design

Design of new structures requires selection of

appropriate materials and component
dimensions to meet performance requirements
For reasons based on cost, weight, availability,
etc., the choice is made to construct the rod
from aluminum (sall= 100 MPa). What is an
appropriate choice for the rod diameter?

An aluminum rod 26 mm or more in diameter is adequate

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The resultant of the internal
forces for an axially loaded
member is normal to a section
cut perpendicular to the
member axis.
The force intensity on that
section is defined as the
normal stress.

F
lim
A 0 A

ave

P
A
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The normal stress at a
particular point may not be
equal to the average stress but
the resultant of the stress
distribution must satisfy

ave A

dF

dA
A

The detailed distribution of

stress is statically
indeterminate, i.e., can not
be found from statics alone.
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A uniform distribution of stress in a
section infers that the line of action
for the resultant of the internal
forces passes through the centroid of
the section.
A uniform distribution of stress is
only possible if the concentrated
loads on the end sections of twoforce members are applied at the
section centroids. This is referred

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If a two-force member is
the resultant of the stress
distribution in a section
must yield an axial force
and a moment.
The stress distributions in
members cannot be
uniform or symmetric.

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Shearing Stress
Forces P and P are applied transversely to the member
AB (Figs. 1.15&16).
Corresponding internal forces act in the plane of section C
and are called shearing forces.
The resultant of the internal shear force distribution is
defined as the shear of the section and is equal to the load
P.
The corresponding average shear stress is,

ave

P
A
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Shear stress distribution varies

from zero at the member
surfaces to maximum values
The shear stress
that may be much larger than
distribution cannot be
the average value.
assumed to be uniform.
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Single Shear:

ave

P
A

F
A

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Shearing Stress Examples (con.)

Double Shear:

ave

P
A

F
2A

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Problem Example 1
Three solid cylindrical bars AB, BC, and CE of cross-sectional
areas AAB, ABC , ACE , respectively, are welded together at B and C,
and subjected to axial forces P, 6P, 4P, P, 2P as shown in Fig. 1.
Determine the normal stress in each bar. Given: Load P = 20 kN.

Fig. 1

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Solution of Problem Example 1

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Problem Example 2
A stepped cylindrical bar of the cross-sectional areas AAB, ABC,
and ACE, carries five axial forces as illustrated in Fig. 2. What is
the maximum value of P for the stresses not to exceed 100 MPa
in tension and 140 MPa in compression?

Fig. 2

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Solution of Problem Example 2

From solution of problem 1

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Problem Example 3
A cylindrical rod ABC of diameters dAB and dBC for parts AB and
BC, respectively, is fixed at the upper and supports an axial load P
at the free end (Fig. 3). Calculate the normal stress in portion AB.
Requirement: that the normal stress in part BC is not to exceed 40
MPa.

Fig. 3
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Solution of Problem Example 3

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Problem Example 4
The wing of a monoplane is approximated as depicted in Fig. 4.
Determine the normal stress in rod AC of the wing, if it has a
uniform cross section of 20 * 10-5 m2. Assumptions: the air load
is uniformly distributed along the span of the wing as shown in
the figure.

Fig. 4
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