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Torque Diagram and Torsional Stress of Circular Section
Torsional or twisting moment is caused by forces whose resultant does not pass through the axis of rotation
(called the shear center) of the structural member. Typically, significant torsions are induced in shafts of
rotating motors, structural members subjected to eccentric loading (e.g., edge beams) or curved in the
horizontal plane (e.g., curved bridges, helical stairs).
Torque Diagram
5k
3
3
10 k
5k
10 k
15 k
4
15 k
2
10 k
15 k
1k/
10 k
5k
4
5
6
4
Case 1: T1 (k )
5
6
4
Case 2: T2 (k )
15
5
6
Case 3: T3 (k )
20
5
10
15
5
10
15
Torsion of Circular and Tubular Section
Unlike other sections (e.g., rectangular, thin-walled), the behavior of circular or tubular sections due to
torsional moment is well represented by some familiar simplifying assumptions; i.e., plane sections remain
plane when torsional moment is applied (i.e., no warping deformations), shear strains are small (as are shear
stesses if Hooke’s law is valid) and vary linearly from the center of the section.
Using these assumptions, the shear stress at any distance from the center
of the circle is = max /c
….…………………….(i)
Shear force acting on a small differential area dA is
dF = dA = ( max /c) dA
….…………………….(ii)
Corresponding torsional moment, dT = dF = ( max 2/c) dA ……..…(iii)
Total torsional moment integrated over the entire circular area is
T = ( max 2/c) dA = max J/c
………….…………….(iv)
max = Tc/J
where J = Polar moment of inertia of the section.
For a solid circular section of diameter d, J = d4/32
Eq. (iv) can be simplified as max = T(d/2)/( d4/32) = 16T/ d3 ………...(v)
T
c
max
Example: Considering the torque diagram T1 corresponding to Case 1 shown above, calculate the maximum
torsional shear stress for (a) a solid circular section of 4 diameter, (b) a tubular section of 4 outside
diameter and 3 inside diameter.
(c) Calculate the required diameter of a solid circular section if the allowable shear stress is 10 ksi.
(a) Since T max = 15 k = 180 k , max = 16 180/ (4)3 = 14.32 ksi
(b) max = 180 (4/2)/( {(4)4 (3)4}/32) = 20.95 ksi
(c) max = 16 180/ d3 = 10 ksi d = 4.51
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4
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Torsional Rotation of Circular Section
Calculation of torsional rotation is necessary to
1. design structures not only to be strong enough (to withstand torsional stress), but also stiff enough (i.e.,
they should not deform too much due to torsional moments),
2. design machineries for torsional vibrations,
3. analyze statically indeterminate structures.
Torsional Rotation of Circular and Tubular Section
The assumptions used to derive the equation for torsional shear stress of circular sections are valid here also;
i.e., plane sections remain plane due to torsional moment, shear strains (as well as stresses if Hooke’s law is
valid) are small and vary linearly from the center of the section.
For a cylindrical segment of differential length dx, the length of the arc MN
is given by ds = max dx
….…………………….(i)
It can also be expressed in terms of the differential angular rotation d , i.e.,
ds = c d
….…………………….(ii)
where c = radius of the circular area.
Combining Eq. (i) and (ii) c d = max dx = ( max/G) dx
Using max = Tc/J c d = (Tc/JG) dx d = (T/JG) dx ………..…(iii)
where J = Polar moment of inertia of the section.
Integrating between sections A and B
B
A = (T/JG) dx ……….(iv)
where is integration between sections A and B.
If T, J and G are uniform between A and B, then B
A = (TL/JG) …………….(v)
dx
max
O
M
1
d
N
Example: Considering the torque diagram shown below, calculate the torsional rotations for
(a) a tubular section of 4 outside diameter and 3 inside diameter.
(b) Calculate the required diameter of a solid circular section if the allowable torsional rotation is 1
[Given: G = 12000 ksi].
B
C
A
D
10 k
5k
4
10 k
5
15 k
10
T (k )
15
4
3
d
5
6
(a) The polar moment of inertia of the tubular section is J = {(4)4 (3)4}/32 = 17.18 in4
12) (6 12)/(17.18 12000) = 0.0629 rad
D
C = (TL/JG)CD = (15
C = 0.0629 rad = 3.60
=
(TL/JG)
=
(5
12)
(5
12)/(17.18
12000)
=
0.0175
rad
=
0.0803 rad = 4.60
C
B
BC
B
12) (4 12)/(17.18 12000) = 0.0279 rad
B
A = (TL/JG)AB = (10
A = 0.1083 rad = 6.21
(b) Using D = 0, the maximum torsional rotation at point A is
[(TL/JG)CD + (TL/JG)BC + (TL/JG)AB]
A=
/180 = [(15 12) (6 12) + (5 12) (5 12) + (10
J = d4/32 = 106.57 in4 d = 5.74
2
12)
(4
12)]/(J 12000) = 1.86/J

Torsion of Closed Thin-Walled Sections
Thin-walled sections have wall thickness much smaller than its other dimensions. Closed thin-walled
sections are widely used in structures subjected to torsional moments because compared to other sections,
they can resist torsional stress and deformations more efficiently.
Torsional Stress and Rotation of Thin-Walled Section
Thin-walled sections can be analyzed for torsion using somewhat similar assumptions as for circular
sections; i.e., plane sections remain plane, shear strains are small. However, since the thickness of the
section is very small, the shear stresses remain almost constant across the thickness instead of varying
linearly from the center of rotation.
dx
But the shear stress does not remain constant throughout the perimeter of the
section. Instead the shear flow q, which is the shear force per unit length
(given by shear stress ‘ ’ times the wall thickness ‘t’; i.e., q = t) is
constant.
Shear force on a small element of length ds is dF = q ds ……..………...(i)
and the corresponding torque dT = r dF = q r ds
……………….(ii)
Since the area of the small triangular area subtended at the center of rotation
is = ½ rds, integrating rds over the perimeter of the area will give twice the
entire area enclosed by the section [i.e., 2 A ].
Total torque T = dT = q r ds = q 2 A
= q/t = T/(2 A t) ……..(iii)
r
T
ds
dF
Also, the external energy required by a torque T to cause a twisting rotation d is = T d /2 ………….(iv)
while the corresponding internal energy is = 2/2G dV = (T2/8 A 2t2G) (dx t ds)
= (T2 dx /8 A 2G)( ds/t)
.……….…...(v)
Eq. (iv) and (v) d /dx = (T/4 A 2 G)( ds/t); i.e., Jeq = 4 A 2/( ds/t)
.……….…...(vi)
Example: Considering the torque diagram shown below, calculate the maximum shear stress and torsional
rotation for a 4 4 hollow square section with 0.5 wall thickness [Given: G = 12000 ksi].
B
T (k )
C
A
D
10 k
5k
4
10 k
5
15 k
10
15
4
5
0.5 thick wall
4
6
The enclosed area A = 3.5 3.5 = 12.25 in2
12)/(2 12.25 0.5) = 14.69 ksi
max = T/(2 A t) = (15
Also Jeq = 4 A 2/ ds/t = 4(12.25)2/(4 3.5/0.5) = 21.44 in4
12) (6 12)/(21.44 12000) = 0.0503 rad
D
C = (TL/JG)CD = (15
12) (5 12)/(21.44 12000) = 0.0140 rad
C
B = (TL/JG)BC = (5
12) (4 12)/(21.44 12000) = 0.0224 rad
B
A = (TL/JG)AB = (10
3
= 0.0503 rad = 2.89
= 0.0644 rad = 3.69
4.97
A = 0.0868 rad =
C
B

Torsion of Rectangular Sections
Since a majority of civil engineering structures consist of rectangular or assembly of rectangular sections,
the study of torsional behavior of such sections is important. However, when subjected to torsional moment,
rectangular sections do not behave like circular or thin-walled sections, due to the warping deformations
accompanying their response.
Torsional Stress and Rotation of Rectangular Section
The torsional response of these sections cannot be derived using the simple methods of Strength of
Materials, and requires concepts of Theory of Elasticity instead, which is beyond the scope of this course.
Therefore, only the final expressions for torsional stress and rotation are shown here.
For a (b t) rectangular section (with b t) subjected to torsional moment T,
max
the maximum shear stress max = T/( bt2)
.…..………...(i)
and the ‘equivalent polar moment of inertia’ for torsional rotation is
Jeq = bt3
……..………...(ii)
b
Torsional rotation for a uniform section of length L is
= TL/( bt3)G
……..………..(iii)
The constants and in Eqs. (i) and (ii) are non-dimensional parameters
and depend on the ratio b/t, as shown in the following table.
t
b/t
6.0
10.0
1.0
1.5
2.0
3.0
0.299
0.312
0.333
0.208 0.231 0.246 0.267
0.141 0.196 0.229 0.263 0.299 0.312 0.333
Example: Considering the torque diagram shown below, calculate the maximum shear stress and torsional
rotation for a (a) 4 4 solid section (b) 4 4 0.5 open section [Given: G = 12000 ksi].
B
C
A
D
10 k
5k
4
10 k
5
15 k
T (k )
10
15
4
0.5
5
4
6
4
(a) For the 4 4 solid section, = 0.208, = 0.141
2
12)/(0.208 4 42) = 13.52 ksi
max = T/( bt ) = (15
Also Jeq = bt3 = 0.141 4 43 = 36.10 in4
D
A = {(15 12) (6 12) + (5 12) (5 12) + (10 12) (4 12)}/(36.10 12000) = 0.0515 rad
A = 0.0515 rad = 2.95
(b) The 4 4 0.5 open section is torsionally equivalent to a rectangular section of size 16 0.5
b/t = 32 Both and can be assumed to be 0.333
2
12)/(0.333 16 0.52) = 135 ksi
max = T/( bt ) = (15
3
Jeq = bt = 0.333 16 0.53 = 0.667 in4
(6 12) + (5 12) (5 12) + (10 12) (4 12)}/(0.667 12000) = 2.79 rad
D
A = {(15 12)
A = 2.79 rad = 160
Obviously, common structural materials cannot survive such a large shear stress and angular rotation.
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