# Shear Stress

Shear stress, abbreviated as \(\tau\) (Greek symbol tau), tends to deform the material by breaking rather than stretching without changing the volume by restraining the object. Shear stress is the amount of force per unit area perpendicular to the axle of the object.

## Shear Stress formulas

FORMULA | SOLVE FOR |

\(\large{ \tau = \frac{F}{A_c} }\) | |

\(\large{ \tau = \frac{ 8 \; K \; D }{ \pi \; d^3 } \; F_s }\) | (spring) (occures on the inside surface of the coils) |

\(\large{ \tau = \frac{ V \; Q }{ I \; t } }\) | (beam) |

### Where:

\(\large{ \tau }\) (Greek symbol tau) = shear stress

\(\large{ F }\) = applied force

\(\large{ A_c }\) = area cross-section of material perpendicular to the applied force

\(\large{ Q }\) = first moment of area

\(\large{ t }\) = material thickness perpendicular to shear

\(\large{ D }\) = mean coil diameter

\(\large{ I }\) = moment of inertia of entire area cross-section

\(\large{ \pi }\) = Pi

\(\large{ F_s }\) = spring force

\(\large{ V }\) = total shear force at the point of location

\(\large{ K }\) = Wahl correction factor

\(\large{ d }\) = wire diameter

Tags: Equations for Strain and Stress Equations for Spring Equations for Structural