Maximum Shear Stress: Theory & Formula


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What is the maximum shear stress of a beam rectangular cross section ( 8 in x 4 in), subjected to a shear force equal to 50 lbf?

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1. What is the maximum shear stress of a beam rectangular cross section ( 25 cm x 10 cm), subjected to a shear force equal to 15 kN?

2. Given an element under axial stress in x direction (sigma x = 15 psi) and in the y direction (sigma y = 10 psi) and shear stress is equal to (tau xy = 5 psi), find the maximum shear stress that the element will encounter when rotated.

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  • Calculating maximum shear stress
  • Shear force

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