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Shaft (Beam) analysis - agreement with Maximum Shear Stress Theory

Question asked by Ross MacLachlan on Oct 13, 2015
Latest reply on Oct 20, 2015 by Ross MacLachlan



I have been trying to generate a solution to the below theoretical shaft loading in solidworks 2015. The goal is for minimum shaft radius where allowable stress is 25 MPA. Modelling as a beam I have perfect agreement with the hand calcs solution in terms of support reactions and bending moment shape and values. The equation below predicts that a diameter of 29.4 mm will provide a maximum shear stress of 25 MPA assuming that the maximum stress occurs at C. My simulation results confirm the same maximum stress location but that a diameter of 29.4 mm will withstand exactly double the expected stress; 50 MPA.


I modelled A as an immovable support and B allows translation along the beam axis. I don't think material choice should come into play - permissions issues with the way solidworks was installed by the university prevents me from creating custom materials, so I am using 6063-O (yield 50 MPA) and extruded the shaft profile for each beam sections.


Can anyone see where I have gone wrong or explain why I should accept/rationalise the higher result? I have attached my part file, and grateful for any responses.








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