plane of maximum shear stress

plane of maximum shear stress

[′plān əv ¦mak·si·məm ′shir ‚stres]
(mechanics)
Either of two planes that lie on opposite sides of and at angels of 45° to the maximum principal stress axis and that are parallel to the intermediate principal stress axis.
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