How to calculate and Solve for Shear Stress | Rock Mechanics

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To compute for shear stress, two essential parameters are needed and these parameters are Shear Force (ΔS) and Area (ΔA).

The formula for calculating the shear stress:

τ = ΔS / ΔA

Where:

τ = Shear Stress
ΔS = Shear Force
ΔA = Area

Let’s solve an example;
Find the shear stress when the shear force is 16 with an area of 30.

This implies that;

ΔS = Shear Force = 16
ΔA = Area = 30

τ = ΔS / ΔA
τ = 16 / 30
τ = 0.53

Therefore, the shear stress is 0.53 Pa.

Calculating the Shear Force when the Shear Stress and Area is Given.

ΔS = τ x ΔA

Where;

ΔS = Shear Force
τ = Shear Stress
ΔA = Area

Let’s solve an example;
Find the shear force with a shear stress of 40 and an area of 12.

This implies that;

τ = Shear Stress = 40
ΔA = Area = 12

ΔS = τ x ΔA
ΔS = 40  x 12
ΔS = 480

Therefore, the Shear Force is 480.

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