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# CIVL 2131

- Statics
Moment
of Inertia
Composite Areas

## A math professor in an unheated room

is cold and calculating.

This

## actually sounds like some sort of rule

for separation on a dance floor.
It actually is just a property of a shape and
is used in the analysis of how some
shapes act in different conditions.

The

## radius of gyration, k, is the square root

of the ratio of the moment of inertia to the
area

kx =

ky =
kO =
3

Ix
A

Iy
A
JO
=
A

Ix + Iy
A

If

## you know the moment of inertia about a

centroidal axis of a figure, you can
calculate the moment of inertia about any
parallel axis to the centroidal axis using a
simple formula

I y = I y + Ax

I x = I x + Ay 2
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Since

## we usually use the bar over the

centroidal axis, the moment of inertia
about a centroidal axis also uses the bar
over the axis designation

I y = I y + Ax 2
I x = I x + Ay 2
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If

## you look carefully at the expression, you

should notice that the moment of inertia
about a centroidal axis will always be the
minimum moment of inertia about any axis
that is parallel to the centroidal axis.

I y = I y + Ax

I x = I x + Ay 2
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In

## a manner similar to that which we used

to calculate the centroid of a figure by
breaking it up into component areas, we
can calculate the moment of inertia of a
composite area

I y = I y + Ax 2
I x = I x + Ay 2

Inside

## the back cover of the book, in the

same figure that we used for the centroid
calculations we can find calculations for
moments of inertia

I y = I y + Ax

I x = I x + Ay 2
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## Parallel Axis Theorem

I y = I y + Ax 2
I x = I x + Ay 2

HERE

IS A CRITICAL MOMENT OF
CAUTION
REMEMBER HOW THE PARALLEL AXIS
IS WRITTEN
IF THE AXIS SHOWN IN THE TABLE IS
NOT THROUGH THE CENTROID, THEN
THE FORMULA DOES NOT GIVE YOU
THE MOMENT OF INERTIA THROUGH
THE CENTROIDAL AXIS
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I y = I y + Ax 2
I x = I x + Ay 2

By

example
The Iy given for the Semicircular area in
the table is about the centroidal axis
The Ix given for the same Semicircular
area in the table is not about the centroidal
axis

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We

## want to locate the moment of inertia in

the position shown of a semicircular area
as shown about the x and y axis, Ix and Iy
y

10"
x

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First,

## we can look at the table and find the

Ix and Iy about the axis as shown

10"
x

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In

## this problem, the y axis is 8 from the y

centroidal axis and x axis is 6 below the
base of the semicircle, this would be
usually evident from the problem
description
5"
y

8"
10"

6"
x
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Calculating

## the Iy you should notice that

the y axis in the table is the centroid axis
so we wont have to move it yet

1
Iy = r4
8
1
4
I y = ( 5in )
8
I y = 245.44in 4
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5"

10"
x

Next

A=

( 5in )

2
y

2
A = 39.27in 2
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5"

10"
x

If

## we know that distance between the y

axis and the ybar axis, we can calculate
the moment of inertia using the parallel
axis theorem
5"
y
2
8 in
y
x

I y = I + Ad

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6in

I x = I x + Ad y 2

10"

2.12"

I

## changed the notation for the distances

moved to avoid confusion with the
distance from the origin

I y = I y + Ad x 2

8 in
10"

6in

I x = I x + Ad y 2
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5"

2.12"

The

## axis we are considering may not

always be a the origin.

I y = I y + Ad x 2

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8 in

6in

I x = I x + Ad y 2

5"

10"

2.12"

If

## the y axis is 8 inches to the left of the

centroidal axis, then the moment of inertia
about the y axis would be

I y = I y + Ad x2
I y = 245.44in 4 + ( 39.27in 2 ) (8in )

8 in
10"

6in

I y = 2758.72in 4

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5"

2.12"

The

## moment of inertia about the x axis is a

slightly different case since the formula
presented in the table is the moment of
inertia about the base of the semicircle,
not the centroid
5"

y
8 in

6in

20

10"

2.12"

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To

## move it to the moment of inertia about

the x-axis, we have to make two steps

## I x = I base A ( d base to centroid )

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5"

y
8 in

10"

6in

I x = I x + A ( d centroid to x-axis )

2.12"

We

## I x = I base A ( d base to centroid )

I x = I x + A ( d centroid to x-axis )

2

5"

y
8 in

6in

22

10"

2.12"

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Dont

## try and cut corners here

You have to move to the centroid first

## I x = I base A ( d base to centroid )

I x = I x + A ( d centroid to x-axis )

2

5"

y
8 in

6in

23

10"

2.12"

In

## this problem, we have to locate the y

centroid of the figure with respect to the
base
We can use the table to determine this

4r 4 ( 5in )
y=
=
3
3
y = 2.12in

## This ybar is with respect the base of

the object, not the x-axis.

5"

y
8 in

6in

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10"

2.12"

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Now

## the Ix in the table is given about the

bottom of the semicircle, not the centroidal
axis
That is where the x axis is shown in the
table
5"

y
8 in

6in

10"

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2.12"

So

## you can use the formula to calculate

the Ix (Ibase) about the bottom of the
semicircle

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5"

## Moment of Inertia - Composite Area

8 in

6in

1
I base = r 4
8
1
4
I base = ( 5in )
8
I base = 245.44in 4

10"

2.12"

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Now

## we can calculate the moment of

inertia about the x centroidal axis

2
I base = I x + Ad base
to centroid
2
I x = I base Ad base
to centroid

I x = 68.60in 4

5"

y
8 in

6in

10"

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2.12"

And

## we can move that moment of inertia

the the x-axis

2
I x = I x + Ad centroid
to x-axis

## I x = 68.60in 4 + ( 39.27in 2 ) ( 6in + 2.12in )

I x = 2657.84in 4

5"

y
8 in

6in

28

10"

2.12"

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The

## polar moment of inertia about the

origin would be

JO = I x + I y
J O = 2657.84in 4 + 2758.72in 4
J O = 5416.56in 4

5"

y
8 in

6in

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10"

2.12"

Another Example
We

## can use the parallel axis theorem to

find the moment of inertia of a composite
figure

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Another Example
y

6"

3"

6"

x
6"

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Another Example
We

## can divide up the area into smaller

areas with shapes from the table

6"

6"

3"

II

III
6"
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Another Example
Since the parallel axis theorem will require the area for
each section, that is a reasonable place to start
ID
I
II
III

Area
(in2)
36
9
27

6"

6"

3"

II

III
6"

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Another Example
We can locate the centroid of each area with respect
the y axis.

ID

Area

xbari

(in2)

(in)

36

II

III

27

6"

6"

3"

II

III
6"

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Another Example
From the table in the back of the book we find that the
moment of inertia of a rectangle about its y-centroid
axis is
3
y
6"
3"
y

1
I = bh
12

ID

Area

xbari

(in2)

(in)

36

II

III

27

35

6"

I
II

III
6"

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Moment of Inertia - Composite Area

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Another Example
In this example, for Area I, b=6 and h=6

1
3
6
in
6
in
( )( )
12
I y = 108in 4
Iy =

ID

36

Area

xbari

(in2)

(in)

36

II

III

27

6"

6"

3"

II

III
6"

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Moment of Inertia - Composite Area

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Another Example
For the first triangle, the moment of inertia calculation
isnt as obvious
y

6"

6"

3"

II

III
6"

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Another Example
The way it is presented in the text, we can only find

6"

x 6"

3"

II

III
b

38

6"

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Another Example
The change may not seem obvious but it is
just in how we orient our axis. Remember an
axis is our decision.
h

6"

6"

3"

II

III

6"
h
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Another Example
So the moment of inertia of the II triangle can
be calculated using the formula with the
correct orientation.

1 3
bh
36
1
3
I y = ( 6in )( 3in )
36
I y = 4.5in 4
Iy =

40

6"

6"

3"

II

III
6"

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Another Example
The same is true for the III triangle

1 3
bh
36
1
3
I y = ( 6in )( 9in )
36
I y = 121.5in 4
Iy =

41

6"

6"

3"

II

III
6"

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Another Example
Now we can enter the Iybar for each sub-area into the
table
SubArea

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Area

xbari

Iybar

(in2)

(in)

(in4)

36

108

II

4.5

III

27

121.5

6"

6"

3"

II

III
6"

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Another Example
We can then sum the Iy and the A(dx)2 to get
the moment of inertia for eachy sub-area
6"
3"
I

6"

II

III

SubArea

Sub-Area

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I
II
III

6"

Area

xbari

Iybar

A(dx)2

Iybar +
A(dx)2

(in2)

(in)

(in4)

(in4)

(in4)

36

108

324

432

II

4.5

441

445.5

III

27

121.5

972

1093.5

Area

xbari

(in2)
36
9
27

(in)
3
7
6

Iy bar

(in4)
108
4.5
121.5

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(in4)
324
441
972

(in4)
432
445.5
1093.5
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Another Example
And if we sum that last column, we have the
Iy for the composite figure
y

6"

6"

3"

II

III

SubArea

Area

xbari

Iybar

A(dx)2

Iybar +
A(dx)2

(in2)

(in)

(in4)

(in4)

(in4)

36

108

324

432

II

4.5

441

445.5

III

27

121.5

972

1093.5

6"

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Another Example
We perform the same type analysis for the Ix

ID

6"

6"

I
II

Area
(in2)
36
9
27

I
II
III

45

3"

III
6"

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Another Example
Locating the y-centroids from the x-axis

Sub-Area
I
II
III

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Area
(in2)
36
9
27

ybari
(in)
3
2
-2

6"

6"

3"

II

III
6"

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Another Example
Determining the Ix for each sub-area

Sub-Area

Area

ybari

Ixbar

(in2)

(in)

(in4)

36

108

II

18

III

27

-2

54

47

6"

6"

3"

II

III
6"

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Another Example
Making the A(dy)2 multiplications

SubArea

48

6"

6"

3"

II

Area

ybari

Ixbar

A(dy)2

(in2)

(in)

(in4)

(in4)

36

108

324

II

18

36

III

27

-2

54

108

III
6"

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Another Example
Summing and calculating Ix
SubArea

Area

)2

A(dy

Ixbar +
A(dy)2

ybari

Ixbar

(in2)

(in)

(in4)

(in4)

(in4)

36

108

324

432

II

18

36

54

III

27

-2

54

108

162

6"

6"

3"

II

III
6"

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Homework
Problem

10-27
Problem 10-29
Problem 10-47

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