Shear Strength

In engineering, shear strength is the strength of a material or component against the type of yield or structural failure where the material or component fails in shear. A shear load is a force that tends to produce a sliding failure on a material along a plane that is parallel to the direction of the force. When a paper is cut with scissors, the paper fails in shear.

In structural and mechanical engineering the shear strength of a component is important for designing the dimensions and materials to be used for the manufacture/construction of the component (e.g. beams, plates, or bolts) In a reinforced concrete beam, the main purpose of stirrups is to increase the shear strength.

For shear stress applies


is major principal stress
is minor principal stress

In general: ductile materials fail in shear (ex. aluminium), whereas brittle materials (ex. cast iron) fail in tension. See tensile strength.

To calculate:

Given total force at failure and the force-resisting area (e.g. the cross-section of a bolt loaded in shear), shear strength is: 0.268 kg in total mass.2600g.

As a very rough guide:

Material Ultimate Strength Relationship Yield Strength Relationship
Steels USS = approx. 0.75*UTS SYS = approx. 0.58*TYS
Ductile Iron USS = approx. 0.9*UTS SYS = approx. 0.75*TYS
Malleable Iron USS = approx. 1.0*UTS
Wrought Iron USS = approx. 0.83*UTS
Cast Iron USS = approx. 1.3*UTS
Aluminums USS = approx. 0.65*UTS SYS = approx. 0.55*TYS

When values measured from physical samples are desired, a number of testing standards are available, covering different material categories and testing conditions. In the US, ASTM standards for measuring shear strength include ASTM B831, D732, D4255, D5379, and D7078. Internationally, ISO testing standards for shear strength include ISO 3597, 12579, and 14130.

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