Shear lag in corrugated sheets used for the chord member of a box beam

Newell, Joseph S (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Reissner, Eric (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

The problem of the distribution of normal stress across a wide corrugated sheet used as the chord of a box-beam-like structure is investigated theoretically and experimentally. Expressions are developed giving the stress distribution in beams, symmetrical or unsymmetrical, about a plane passed spanwise through the center of the sheet. The experiments were arranged to insure bending without torsion and surveys of the normal stresses were made by means of mechanical and electrical strain gages. The experimental data showed very good agreement with the new b of the theoretical curves, especially at the highly stressed sections, for both the symmetrical and unsymmetrical beams. Several suggestions for future research are included.

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