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## torsion

**torsion,**stress on a body when external forces tend to twist it about an axis. See strength of materials.

## Torsion

*The Great Soviet Encyclopedia*(1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

## Torsion

(in strength of materials), a type of deformation characterized by rotation of the cross sections of a rod or shaft relative to one another under the influence of moments (force couples) acting in them. Upon torsion, the cross sections of round rods or shafts remain plane; upon torsion of a prismatic bar, warping of the cross section takes place (it does not remain plane). If the warping is different in various sections, then normal stresses also arise in the cross sections of the rod, in addition to tangential stresses. In this case the torsion is called constrained. In free torsion, in which the warping in all sections is identical, only tangential stresses arise in the cross section.

In practice, the most common type of torsion is torsion of a round, straight rod (Figure 1). As a result of the torsion moment M_{t} tangential stresses *τ* arise in the cross sections of the rod, and the rod segments (separated by distance *l*) are rotated relative to each other by an angle of twist ϕ. The angle of twist per unit length of the rod is called the relative angle of twist Θ. In free torsion, the relative angle of twist and the maximum tangential stresses *τ*_{max} in the elastic phase are found from the formulas

θ = *M _{t}/GI_{t} τ_{max} = M_{t}/W_{t}*

where *G* is the elastic shear modulus and *I _{t}* and

*W*are the arbitrary moment of inertia and the sectional modulus of torsion. In round sections,

_{t}*I*is a polar moment of inertia

_{t}*I*= π

_{p}*r*

^{4}/2, and

*W*is a polar moment of resistance

_{t}*W*= π

_{p}*r*For rectangular sections with a greater side

^{3}/2.*h*and lesser side

*b, I*= αh

_{t}*b*and

^{3}*W*= β

_{t}*hb*, where the coefficients α and β are determined according to the ratio

^{2}*h/b*from a table. For narrow sections (

*h/b*≧ 10), it is possible to take α =

*β*≈ 1/3.

For torsion of a round shaft in the elastic phase, the tangential stresses are distributed linearly throughout the cross section (Figure 2,a) and are determined by the formula τ = (*M _{t}/ I_{ρ})ρ*, where ρ is the distance from the axis of the shaft to the point of the section in question. In the elastic-plastic phase the torsional tangential stresses corresponding to the yield limit τ

*y*propagate from the surface toward the axis of the shaft (Figure 2,b). In the limiting state, the plastic zone extends to the axis of the shaft (Figure 2,c), and the limiting tortion moment for a round section is

*M*_{lim} = 2/3 (τ_{y}π*r*^{3})

The concept of torsion has also been extended to the action of internal tangential stresses arising during deformation of plates and casings.

### REFERENCES

Beliaev, N. M.*Soprotivlenie materialov*, 12th ed. Moscow, 1959.

*Kurs soprotivleniia materialov*, 5th ed., part 1. Moscow, 1961.

Novozhilov, V. V.

*Teoriia uprugosti.*Leningrad, 1958.

L. V. KASAB’IAN

## Torsion

(mathematics), the measure of the deviation of a space curve from its osculating plane. The torsion of a curve at the point *M* is determined in the following manner. Let *N* be a variable point on a curve sufficiently close to *M* and let *β* be the acute angle between the osculating planes at *M* and *N.* The angle *β* is considered to be positive if as *N* approaches *M* a variable osculating plane appears to an observer looking from *M* to *N* to rotate in the counterclockwise direction; in the opposite case the angle *β* is considered to be negative. The limit of the ratio *β/ΔS*—where ΔS is the arc length *MN* —as *N* approaches *M* is called the torsion *<* of the curve at the point *M:*

(*See*.)

## torsion

[′tȯr·shən]## torsion

**torques**, one at one end and the other at the opposite end.

## torsion

**a.**the twisting of a part by application of equal and opposite torques at either end

**b.**the condition of twist and shear stress produced by a torque on a part or component