- Shear strength
In structural and
mechanical engineeringthe shear strength of a component is important for designing the dimensions and materials to be used for the manufacture/construction of the component. For example, beams, plates, bolts etc. In a reinforced concretebeam, the main purpose of stirrups is to increase the shear strength.
where: is major principal stress: is minor principal stress
In general: ductile materials fail in shear (ex. aluminum), whereas brittle materials (ex. cast iron) fail in tension. See
To calculate:Given failing force and area, example-bolt shear strength:
Shear strength (soil)
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