IntroductionTorsion occurs when an object, such as a bar with a cylindrical or square cross section (as shown in the figure), is twisted. The twisting force acting on the object is known as torque, and the resulting stress is known as Shear stress. If the object undergoes deformation as a result of and in the direction of the application of the force, the resulting deflection is known as Strain. Twisting a simple piece of blackboard chalk between ones fingers until it snaps is an example of a torsional force in action. A common example of torsion in engineering is when a transmission drive shaft (such as in an automobile) receives a turning force from its power source (the engine).
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Circular ShaftsWhen a pure torque acts upon a shaft, shear stresses will be set up which act in directions perpendicular to the radius at all points. The complimentary shear stresses on longitudinal planes will cause the distortion of filaments which were originally in the longitudinal direction. Assume that the points lying on a radius before twisting will remain on that radius, and that the angle of twist is uniformly over the length of the shaft.
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- Compare the weights of equal lengths of hollow and solid shaft to transmit a given torque for the same maximum shear stress, if the inside diameter is 2/3 of the outside. From equation (7) for a solid shaft:
Combined Bending And Twisting.This occurs frequently in practice when a shaft is subjected to both bending and inertia forces. Stresses are set up due to gravity, torque, and shear forces, although the latter is usually unimportant since its maximum value occurs at the neutral axis where the bending stress is zero. For the purposes of design it is necessary to calculate all the principle stresses( maximum shear stress, shear strain energy etc.) so that these can be used to compare them with the criterion of failure. If is the greatest bending stress and s is the greatest shear stress due to bending, then:
- A flywheel weighing 1200lb. is mounted on a shaft 3in. in diameter and midway between two bearings 24in. apart. If the shaft is transmitting 40 h.p. (1 h.p. = 550 ft.lb./sec)Calculate the maximum shear stress at the end of a vertical and horizontal diameter in a plane close to the flywheel.
Strain Energy In Torsion.When a shaft of length l is gradually twisted through an angle under the influence of a Torque T. The work done (equals the total strain energy U) is given by:-
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