Introduction to Elasticity/Stress example 4

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Example 4[edit | edit source]


The octahedral plane is the plane that is equally inclined to the directions of the three principal stresses. For any given stress of state there are eight such planes.


  1. The normal traction on an octahedral plane is given by
  1. The projected shear traction on an octahedral plane is given by

Here are the principal stresses and are the first two invariants of the stress tensor ().

Solution[edit | edit source]

Let us take the basis as the directions of the principal stresses , , . Then the stress tensor is given by

If is the direction of the normal to an octahedral plane, then the components of this normal with respect to the principal basis are , , and . The normal is oriented in such a manner that it makes equal angles with the principal directions. Therefore, . Since , we have .

The traction vector on an octahedral plane is given by

The normal traction is,

Now, . Therefore,

The projected shear traction is given by



If you do the algebra for S, you will get the required relations.