Stress Distribution in a Circular Plate with Concentrated Radial Loadings

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This Demonstration treats a well-known problem in the theory of elasticity. The stress distribution in a disk or cylinder loaded in the radial direction is plotted as the components of the stress and shear tensors and are varied, showing beautiful stress distributions.

Contributed by: DongMyung Suh (March 2011)
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA



When the three equal tensile forces are applied:

Snapshot 1: distribution of stress component

Snapshot 2: distribution of stress component

Snapshot 3: maximum shear stress distribution

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