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Pure shear stress is related to pure shear strain, denoted <math>\gamma</math>, by the following equation:<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

<math>\tau = \gamma G\,</math>

where <math>G</math> is the shear modulus of the material, given by

<math> G = \frac{E}{2(1+\nu)}. </math>

Here <math>E</math> is Young's modulus and <math>\nu</math> is Poisson's ratio.

Beam shear

Beam shear is defined as the internal shear stress of a beam caused by the shear force applied to the beam.

<math> \tau = {VQ \over It},</math>


V = total shear force at the location in question;
Q = statical moment of area;
t = thickness in the material perpendicular to the shear;
I = Moment of Inertia of the entire cross sectional area.

The beam shear formula is also known as Zhuravskii Shear Stress formula after Dmitrii Ivanovich Zhuravskii who derived it in 1855.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref><ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

Semi-monocoque shear

Shear stresses within a semi-monocoque structure may be calculated by idealizing the cross-section of the structure into a set of stringers (carrying only axial loads) and webs (carrying only shear flows). Dividing the shear flow by the thickness of a given portion of the semi-monocoque structure yields the shear stress. Thus, the maximum shear stress will occur either in the web of maximum shear flow or minimum thickness

Also constructions in soil can fail due to shear; e.g., the weight of an earth-filled dam or dike may cause the subsoil to collapse, like a small landslide.

Impact shear

The maximum shear stress created in a solid round bar subject to impact is given as the equation:

<math>\tau=2\left({UG \over V}\right)^{1 \over 2},</math>


U = change in kinetic energy;
G = shear modulus;
V = volume of rod;


<math> U = U_{rotating}+U_{applied} \,;</math>
<math> U_{rotating} = {1 \over 2}I\omega^2 \,;</math>
<math> U_{applied} = T \theta_{displaced} \,;</math>
<math>I \,</math> = mass moment of inertia;
<math>\omega \,</math> = angular speed.

Shear stress in fluids

Any real fluids (liquids and gases included) moving along solid boundary will incur a shear stress on that boundary. The no-slip condition<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=citation }}.</ref> dictates that the speed of the fluid at the boundary (relative to the boundary) is zero, but at some height from the boundary the flow speed must equal that of the fluid. The region between these two points is aptly named the boundary layer. For all Newtonian fluids in laminar flow the shear stress is proportional to the strain rate in the fluid where the viscosity is the constant of proportionality. However, for non-Newtonian fluids, this is no longer the case as for these fluids the viscosity is not constant. The shear stress is imparted onto the boundary as a result of this loss of velocity. The shear stress, for a Newtonian fluid, at a surface element parallel to a flat plate, at the point y, is given by:

<math>\tau (y) = \mu \frac{\partial u}{\partial y}</math>


<math>\mu</math> is the dynamic viscosity of the fluid;
<math>u</math> is the velocity of the fluid along the boundary;
<math>y</math> is the height above the boundary.

Specifically, the wall shear stress is defined as:

<math>\tau_\mathrm{w} \equiv \tau(y=0)= \mu \left.\frac{\partial u}{\partial y}\right|_{y = 0}~~.</math>

In case of wind, the shear stress at the boundary is called wind stress.

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