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The second moment of area, also known as the area moment of inertia, moment of inertia of plane area, or second moment of inertia is a property of a cross section that can be used to predict the resistance of beams to bending and deflection, around an axis that lies in the cross-sectional plane. The deflection of a beam under load depends not only on the load, but also on the geometry of the beam's cross-section. This is why beams with higher area moments of inertia, such as I-beams, are so often seen in building construction as opposed to other beams with the same area. The second moment of area differs from polar moment of inertia of area in the direction of the axis of bending or torsion relative to the plane of the cross-section; in the latter, the axis is perpendicular to this plane. The third kind of moment of inertia not to be confused with involves angular kinetic energy or momentum. Often, each of these may simply be referred to as "moment of inertia," and the same symbols, I or J, may be used, sometimes with a qualifying subscript. Which inertia is meant (bending, twisting, or kinetic) is usually clear from the context, if not from the units: both moments of area have units of length to the fourth power (distinguished only by whether a beam is being bent or torqued), whereas the kinetic moment of inertia of mass has units of mass times length squared. See also: moment (physics)

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1 Intuition 2 Notes on notation 3 Definition 4 Product moment of area 5 Second moment of area tensor 6 Unit 7 Co-ordinate transformations 7.1 Parallel axis theorem 7.2 Axis rotation 8 Stress in a beam 9 Second moment of area for various cross sections 9.1 Rectangular cross section 9.2 Circular cross section 9.3 Hollow Cylindrical Cross Section 9.4 Composite cross section 9.5 "I-beam" cross section 9.6 Any cross section defined as polygon 10 See also 11 References

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the bottom will be in compression. the actual energy storage will also be proportional to the length of the beam and the stiffness of the material. in the case that we want to consider more than one loading direction. The bending moment would be in the y direction.Wikipedia. The load will be a bending moment. and a horizontal line middle parallel with the y axis will experience no load. Then the second moment of area of the region A about the line λ is where Iλ = the second moment of area about the line λ dA = an elemental area n = the perpendicular distance from the line λ to the element dA When the line λ is the x axis and the bending force is parallel to the y axis. the second moment of area can be computed as …wikipedia. the strain in the beam will be maximum at the top. This stress-strain relationship can be described by Hooke's law. is proportional to the strain it experiences. which we can represent as a 2×2 matrix). We wish to describe the effects on beam stiffness due to the cross-sectional shape of the beam as a single number (or. Let λ be a straight line in the plane (by definition. Let the beam lie along the x axis with z pointing up. decrease linearly to zero at the medial axis. the restoring stress that any point in the beam will provide. Thinking of the beam as made of elements along its length. suppose we have a cantilevered I-beam with a weight on the end. Thus. this will be the second moment of area. the energy stored in a cross-sectional slice of the beam bent by some amount will be proportional to the sum of the square of the distance to the medial axis. as a symmetric tensor. In particular. If the beam is long. we assume the dominant deflection mode will be bending rather than shear. A is a plane region of a particular shape. In particular.10/6/2010 Second moment of area . Assuming linear elasticity. and continue to decrease linearly to the bottom. like sliced bread. The energy will be proportional to the square of the strain. Geometrically. th… Intuition Consider the problem of determining the deflection of a beam of uniform material and uniform cross section. That is.org/…/Second_moment_of_… 2/9 . Definition Let A be a beam cross section perpendicular to the beam's axis. perpendicular to the axis of the beam). consider the load on one of these slices. The top will be in tension. This strain-energy storage is described well by the Minimum total potential energy principle. Considering only the factor due to the cross-sectional shape of the beam gives the second moment of area: Notes on notation Some authors will use Ix instead of Ixx and Iy rather than Iyy.

that will result in a bending moment in the (0.1) direction. The reason for the r2 δ ij − rirj as opposed to just the outer product. The product moment of area.1. the second moment of area about both the x. or elastic energy. p. rirj. is that the tensor operates on moments.Wikipedia. When this is not the case. imagine a leaf spring running along the x axis but oriented so that its surface normal is in the (0. A coordinate system in which the product moment is zero is referred to as a set of principal axes. If you push down on it (0. although it will move down. and the second moments of area calculated with respect to the principal axes will assume their maxima and minima.−1. described below.−1). th… For calculating the stresses of bending.10/6/2010 Second moment of area .and the y-axis and the product moment of area. For example. Much like the mass moment of inertia. some beams will deflect in a direction other than the direction they are loaded. as a function of loading direction. A holistic approach is to note that a second moment of area is fundamentally a tensor—an object that provides deflection direction and magnitude. That is. This behavior is captured by the product moment of area.−1) direction.. 15). See Moment of inertia#Comparison with covariance matrix for details.1. .g. it will primarily deflect in the (0.0) direction. because it is symmetric positive semidefinite. Pilkey 2002. Ixy is defined as dA = an elemental area x = the perpendicular distance to the element dA from the axis y y = the perpendicular distance to the element dA from the axis x Note that Ixy is defined here with positive sign following common practice adopted in structural analysis (see e.org/…/Second_moment_of_… 3/9 . Ixy (see below). we would like the expression to be proportional to the energy for a given torque. Second moment of area tensor Keeping track of both second moment of area and product moment of area is confusing and tedious. However.0. Product moment of area While the scalar second moment of area about an axis describes a beam's resistance to bending along that axis. the area moment of inertia tensor is where δij is the Kronecker delta. …wikipedia. This is a direct result of the spectral theorem applied to the moment tensor. the above can only be used on its own when sections are symmetrical about the x-axis. are required.

As an outer product of vectors.org/…/Second_moment_of_… 4/9 . Unit The unit for second moment of area is length to the fourth power (typically mm4.2) tensor. Parallel axis theorem Main article: parallel axis theorem The parallel axis theorem can be used to determine the moment of an object about any axis. the product moment may give both negative and positive values.) Co-ordinate transformations When calculating moments of the section it is often practical to compute them in one co-ordinate system (typically bound to the section shape) and then transform to another one using co-ordinate transformations. this tensor transforms as a type (0. etc. in4. Ix = the second moment of area with respect to the x-axis IxCG = the second moment of area with respect to an axis parallel to x and passing through the centroid of the shape (coincides with the neutral axis) A = area of the shape d = the distance between the x-axis and the centroidal axis Axis rotation The following formulae can be used to calculate moments of the section in a co-ordinate system rotated relative to the original co-ordinate system: φ = the angle of rotation (anticlockwise sense): x * = xcosφ − ysinφ y * = xsinφ + ycosφ …wikipedia.Wikipedia. th… The product moment of area is significant for determining the bending stress in an asymmetric cross section. Unlike the second moments of area. given the moment of inertia (second moment of area) of the object about the parallel axis through the object's center of mass (or centroid) and the perpendicular distance between the axes.10/6/2010 Second moment of area .

Iy and Ixy = the second moments and the product moment of area in the original coordinate system Ix* . Rectangular cross section …wikipedia.Wikipedia. the formula simplifies further: Second moment of area for various cross sections See list of area moments of inertia for other cross sections. Iy* and Ixy* = the second moments and the product moment of area in the rotated coordinate system.org/…/Second_moment_of_… 5/9 . Stress in a beam The general form of the classic bending formula for a beam in co-ordinate system having origin located at the neutral axis of the beam is (Pilkey 2002. 17): σ is the normal stress in the beam due to bending x = the perpendicular distance to the centroidal y-axis y = the perpendicular distance to the centroidal x-axis My = the bending moment about the y-axis Mx = the bending moment about the x-axis Ix = the second moment of area about x-axis Iy = the second moment of area about y-axis Ixy = the product moment of area If the coordinate system is chosen to give a product moment of area equal to zero. the formula simplifies to: If additionally the beam is only subjected to bending about one axis. The value of the angle φ . which will give a product moment of zero. th… Ix. is equal to: This angle is the angle between the axes of the original coordinate system and the principal axes of the cross section.10/6/2010 Second moment of area . p.

th… b = width (x-dimension). h = height (y-dimension) b = width (x-dimension).org/…/Second_moment_of_… 6/9 .Wikipedia. the second moment of area is calculated by applying the parallel axis theorem to each piece and adding the terms: …wikipedia. Circular cross section r = radius This equation is useful in calculating the required strength of masts. E is Young (elastic) modulus of material I is the second moment of area of examined object l is the length of panel Hollow Cylindrical Cross Section DO = outside diameter DI = inside diameter rO = outside radius rI = inside radius Composite cross section When it is easier to compute the moment for an item as a combination of pieces. and entering it into Euler's formula gives the maximum force that a mast can theoretically withstand. Taking the area moment of inertia calculated from the previous formula.10/6/2010 Second moment of area .

meaning the shape has two planes of symmetry. This section only covers doubly symmetric I-beams. this results in the Ax 2 term.e. h = height (y-dimension) t w = width of central webbing h1 = inside distance between flanges (usually referred to as hw. in the appropriate direction (i. the height of the web) This formula uses the method of a block with two pieces removed. I-beam Since the I-beam is symmetrical with respect to the y-axis the Ix has no component for the centroid of the blocks removed being offset above or below the x axis. Ix or Iy respectively).org/…/Second_moment_of_… 7/9 .Wikipedia. it is instructive in demonstrating how to subtract moments).10/6/2010 Second moment of area . th… y = distance from x-axis x = distance from y-axis A = surface area of part Ilocal is the second moment of area for that part of the composite. moment by subtraction x = distance of the centroid of the area contained in the 'C' shape from the y-axis of the beam = …wikipedia. "I-beam" cross section The I-beam can be analyzed as either three pieces added together or as a large piece with two pieces removed from it. Either of these methods will require use of the formula for composite cross section. b = width (x-dimension). (While this may not be the easiest way to do this calculation. When computing Iy it is necessary to allow for the fact that the pieces being removed are offset from the Y axis. A = Area contained within the middle of one of the 'C' shapes of created by two flanges and the webbing on one side of the cross section = I-beam diagram.

However. A = Area of the top or bottom piece = y = offset of the centroid of the top or bottom piece from the centroid of the whole I-beam = I-beam diagram. For each segment defined by two consecutive points of the polygon. this time the law for composition with offsets must be used for Ix because the centroids of the top and bottom are offset from the centroid of the whole I-beam. index i passes over all n points in the polygon. th… Doing the same calculation by combining three pieces. which is considered closed.e. the center webbing plus identical contributions for the top and bottom piece: Since the centroids of all three pieces are on the y-axis Iy can be computed just by adding the moments together. for clockwisely defined polygons it will give negative values.org/…/Second_moment_of_… 8/9 . i. point n+1 is point 1 These formulae imply that points defining the polygon are ordered in anticlockwise manner. See polygon area for calculating area and centroid of the section using similar …wikipedia. moment by addition Any cross section defined as polygon The second moments of area for any cross section defined as a simple polygon on XY plane can be computed in a generic way by summing contributions from each segment of a polygon. Integration by the area of that triangle and summing by the polygon segments yields: ai = xiyi + 1 − xi + 1yi is twice the (signed) area of the elementary triangle.Wikipedia.10/6/2010 Second moment of area . consider a triangle with two corners at these points and third corner at the origin of the coordinates.

. Walter D. Inc. See also List of area moments of inertia List of moments of inertia Moment of inertia Polar moment of inertia Parallel axis theorem Perpendicular axis theorem References Pilkey. a non-profit organization.10/6/2010 Second moment of area . th… formulae.org/…/Second_moment_of_… 9/9 . (2002). Retrieved from "http://en.. Analysis and Design of Elastic Beams. John Wiley & Sons. Wikipedia® is a registered trademark of the Wikimedia Foundation.org/wiki/Second_moment_of_area" Categories: Structural analysis | Physical quantities This page was last modified on 25 September 2010 at 17:30. See Terms of Use for details. …wikipedia.Wikipedia. ISBN 0-47138152-7. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.wikipedia. Inc. additional terms may apply.

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