The Shear Coefficient in Timoshenko’s Beam Theory

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G. R. Cowper

National Aeronautical Establishment, National Research Council, Ottawa, Canada

J. Appl. Mech 33(2), 335-340 (Jun 01, 1966) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3625046 History: Received May 14, 1965; Revised August 02, 1965; Online September 15, 2011


The equations of Timoshenko’s beam theory are derived by integration of the equations of three-dimensional elasticity theory. A new formula for the shear coefficient comes out of the derivation. Numerical values of the shear coefficient are presented and compared with values obtained by other writers.

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