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# Plane stress

Problem :

## 1. Superposition of two diﬀerent plane stress states

Determine a) the principal planes and the principal stresses and b) the maximum shearing stresses,
and c) draw the Mohr’s circle for the state of plane stress resulting from the superposition of the two
states of plane stress shown.

Solution :
The Case I can be transformed to the stress state in the coordinate axes of the Case II for θ = 30◦
as follows:
0 0 0 0
σ xx + σ yy σ xx − σ yy 0
σ xx = + cos 2θ + σ xy sin 2θ
2 2
σ xx = 0 + 0 + 50 × sin 60
σ xx = 43.3 MPa

0 0 0 0
σ xx + σyy σxx − σ yy 0
σyy = − cos 2θ − σxy sin 2θ
2 2
σyy = 0 − 0 − 50 × sin 60
σyy = −43.3 MPa

0 0
σ yy − σ xx 0
σxy = sin 2θ + σ xy cos 2θ
2
σxy = 0 + 50 × cos 60
σxy = 25 MPa
The superposition of the transformed Case - I and Case - II yields

## σxx = 43.3 + 75 = 118.3 MPa

σ yy = −43.3 + 100 = 56.7 MPa
σ xy = 25 + 50 = 75 MPa
The average stress is
σ xx + σ yy 118.3 + 56.7
σ ave = = = 87.5 MPa
2 2
The diﬀerence of the normal stresses is
σ xx − σ yy 118.3 − 56.7
σ dif = = = 30.8 MPa
2 2
The radius of the Mohr’s circle is
q p
R = σ 2dif + σ 2xy = 30.82 + 752 = 81.08 MPa
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2. Equivalent stress system

## The principal stresses are

σ a,b = σave ± R = 87.5 ± 81.08
σa = 168.58 MPa
σb = 6.42 MPa
The principal directions are
σ xy 75
tan 2θa = = , θa = 33.84◦
σ dif 30.8
θb = 33.84◦ + 90 = 123.84◦
The maximum in-plane shearing stress is
(τ max )in-plane = R = 81.08 MPa
and the normal stress in these planes is
σ n = σ ave = 87.5 MPa
The corresponding directions are
θd = θa + 45 = 33.84 + 45, θd = 78.84◦
θe = 78.84◦ + 90 = 168.84◦

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3. Mohr’s representation of the plane stress state