Exercise: Calculating Shear Stress Distribution

Course subject(s) 5. Transverse Shear in Beams

The exercise below gives you an opportunity to examine if you are able to calculate the shear stress distribution in a simple beam profile. See if you are able to apply the shear formula on your own to solve the simple problem.

Shear Stress Distribution in a Beam with a Rectangular Section

A simply supported beam with a rectangular cross section is subjected to a transverse load P at its midspan, as illustrated below. Determine the shear stress distribution through the depth of the beam section at z = 0.25L (quarter-span from A).

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