Beams: Constitutive Equation
|The constitutive equation describes how the
direct stress s
and direct strain e within the beam are related.
Direct means perpendicular to a beam cross section; if we were to cut the beam at a given location, we would find a distribution of direct stress acting on the beam face,
Beam theory typically uses the simple 1-dimensional Hooke's Equation,
Note that the stress and strain are functions of the entire beam cross section (i.e. they can vary with y).
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