Strain measurements on small duralumin box beams in bending

Kuhn, Paul

Extensive strain-gage measurements were made chiefly on the tension side of five small rectangular box beams constructed of sheet duralumin. The main conclusion was that within the test range the tension cover may be considered as being fully effective but that at any given point on the beam there may be unaccountable variations of 5 percent from the calculated stresses on the thicker sheets tested (0.044 and 0.023 inch) and of 10 percent or more on the thinnest sheet tested (0.014 inch).

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