What is Shear Stress? - Definition, Equation & Units


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What is the shear stress exerted on a beam with a 2 ft * 1 ft rectangular section if the total shear force on that particular section is 15 lbf?

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1. Which of the following units represents the unit of shear stress?

2. Which of these is an example of shear stress?

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Complete the quiz and worksheet to see what you know about shear stress. Its meaning and equation are topics you need to know when you take the quiz.

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  • Unit that represents the unit of shear stress
  • An example of shear stress
  • Calculating shear stress

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  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained about an example of shear stress

Additional Learning

In order to learn more about this principle, access the available lesson called What is Shear Stress? - Definition, Equation & Units. Objectives you can complete any time using this lesson include:

  • Define shear stress
  • Recognize another name for bending stress
  • Determine how shear is denoted in calculations
  • Cite the American Concrete Institute standard relating to shear
  • Practice calculating shear stress