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# Fifth SI Edition

CHAPTER MECHANICS OF
MATERIALS
6 Ferdinand P. Beer
E. Russell Johnston, Jr.
John T. DeWolf Shearing Stresses in
David F. Mazurek
Beams and Thin-
Lecture Notes: Walled Members
J. Walt Oler
Texas Tech University

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Contents
Introduction
Shear on the Horizontal Face of a Beam Element
Example 6.01
Determination of the Shearing Stress in a Beam
Shearing Stresses txy in Common Types of Beams
Further Discussion of the Distribution of Stresses in a ...
Sample Problem 6.2
Longitudinal Shear on a Beam Element of Arbitrary Shape
Example 6.04
Example 6.04
Shearing Stresses in Thin-Walled Members
Plastic Deformations
Sample Problem 6.3
Example 6.05
Example 6.06
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Introduction
results in normal and shearing stresses in
transverse sections.

## Distribution of normal and shearing

stresses satisfies
Fx x dA 0
M x y t xz z t xy dA 0
Fy t xy dA V M y z x dA 0
Fz t xz dA 0 M z y x M

## When shearing stresses are exerted on the

vertical faces of an element, equal stresses
must be exerted on the horizontal faces

## Longitudinal shearing stresses must exist

in any member subjected to transverse
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## Shear on the Horizontal Face of a Beam Element

Consider prismatic beam
For equilibrium of beam element
Fx 0 H D C dA
A
M D MC
H y dA
I A
Note,
Q y dA
A
dM
M D MC x V x
dx

Substituting,
VQ
H x
I
H VQ
q shear flow
x I

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## Shear on the Horizontal Face of a Beam Element

Shear flow,
H VQ
q shear flow
x I
where
Q y dA
A
first moment of area above y1
2
I y dA
A A'
second moment of full cross section

## Same result found for lower area

H VQ
q q
x I
Q Q 0
first moment wit h respect
to neutral axis
H H

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Example 6.01

SOLUTION:
Determine the horizontal force per
unit length or shear flow q on the
lower surface of the upper plank.

## Calculate the corresponding shear

force in each nail.
A beam is made of three planks,
nailed together. Knowing that the
spacing between nails is 25 mm and
that the vertical shear in the beam is
V = 500 N, determine the shear force
in each nail.

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Example 6.01

SOLUTION:
Determine the horizontal force per
unit length or shear flow q on the
lower surface of the upper plank.
VQ (500 N)(120 106 m3 )
q
I 16.20 10-6 m 4
Q Ay
3704 N
0.020 m 0.100 m 0.060 m m

120 106 m3
Calculate the corresponding shear
1 0.020 m 0.100 m 3
I 12 force in each nail for a nail spacing of
2[121 0.100 m 0.020 m 3 25 mm.
F (0.025 m)q (0.025 m)(3704 N m
0.020 m 0.100 m 0.060 m 2 ]
6 4 F 92.6 N
16.20 10 m

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## Determination of the Shearing Stress in a Beam

The average shearing stress on the horizontal
face of the element is obtained by dividing the
shearing force on the element by the area of
the face.
H q x VQ x
t ave
A A I t x
VQ

It

## On the upper and lower surfaces of the beam,

tyx= 0. It follows that txy= 0 on the upper and
lower edges of the transverse sections.

## If the width of the beam is comparable or large

relative to its depth, the shearing stresses at D1
and D2 are significantly higher than at D.

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## Shearing Stresses txy in Common Types of Beams

For a narrow rectangular beam,
VQ 3 V y 2
t xy 1 2

Ib 2 A c
3V
t max
2A

## For American Standard (S-beam)

and wide-flange (W-beam) beams
VQ
t ave
It
V
t max
Aweb

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## Further Discussion of the Distribution of

Stresses in a Narrow Rectangular Beam
Consider a narrow rectangular cantilever beam
subjected to load P at its free end:
3 P y 2 Pxy
t xy 1 2 x

2 A c I

## Shearing stresses are independent of the distance

from the point of application of the load.
Normal strains and normal stresses are unaffected by
the shearing stresses.
From Saint-Venants principle, effects of the load
application mode are negligible except in immediate
Stress/strain deviations for distributed loads are
negligible for typical beam sections of interest.

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## Sample Problem 6.2

SOLUTION:
Develop shear and bending moment
diagrams. Identify the maximums.

## Determine the beam depth based on

allowable normal stress.
A timber beam is to support the three
Determine the beam depth based on
allowable shear stress.
that for the grade of timber used,
all 12 MPa t all 0.8 MPa Required beam depth is equal to the
larger of the two depths found.
determine the minimum required depth
d of the beam.

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## Sample Problem 6.2

SOLUTION:
Develop shear and bending moment
diagrams. Identify the maximums.

Vmax 14.5 kN
M max 10.95 kNm

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## Sample Problem 6.2

Determine the beam depth based on allowable
normal stress.
M max
all
S
10.95 103 Nm
12 10 Pa 6

0.015 m d 2
d 0.246 m 246mm

## I 121 b d 3 Determine the beam depth based on allowable

I 1 2 shear stress.
S 6 bd 3 Vmax
c t all
16 0.09 m d 2 2 A
3 14500
0.015 m d 2 0.8 106 Pa
2 0.09 m d
d 0.322 m 322 mm

## Required beam depth is equal to the larger of the two.

d 322 mm

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## Longitudinal Shear on a Beam Element

of Arbitrary Shape
We have examined the distribution of
the vertical components txy on a
transverse section of a beam. We now
wish to consider the horizontal
components txz of the stresses.
Consider prismatic beam with an
element defined by the curved surface
CDDC.
Fx 0 H D C dA
a
Except for the differences in
integration areas, this is the same
result obtained before which led to
VQ H VQ
H x q
I x I

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Example 6.04

SOLUTION:
Determine the shear force per unit
length along each edge of the upper
plank.

## Based on the spacing between nails,

determine the shear force in each
nail.

## A square box beam is constructed from

four planks as shown. Knowing that the
spacing between nails is 44 mm and the
beam is subjected to a vertical shear of
magnitude V = 2.5 kN, determine the
shearing force in each nail.