# Principal stress, Principal plane & Mohr's circle analysis

Concepts of principal stress and plane form backbone of material stress analysis. Purpose of this video lecture is to give you a good introduction to concept of Principal stress, Principal plane and Mohr’s circle analysis.

Summary of the video lecture is given below

## Summary of Lecture

- Engineers most often wants to determine maximum normal stress induced at a given point for their design purpose. But there can be infinite number of planes passing through a point, and normal stress on each plane will be different from one another.
- There will be one plane on which normal stress value is maximum, this plane is known as Principal plane ( more precisely maximum principal plane) and normal stress on this plane is known as principal stress (more precisely maximum principal stress).
- Similarly there will be one more plane on which normal stress value is minimum, this is also a principal plane (minimum principal plane) and normal stress on this plane is known as Principal stress (minimum principal stress).
- 2 Dimensional Stress Analysis – Stress acting on a 2D element is shown in figure below
- Mohr’s circle method is the most easy and convenient way to do stress analysis
- The procedure to draw Mohr’s circle for above case is explained below Step1 – Draw normal and shear axes with positive axes as shown
- 3 Dimensional Stress Analysis – Stress boundary condition of a 3 dimensional case is shown in left side of Fig.7. There will be 3 normal stress values induced in a 3 dimensional case, this is shown in right size of the figure.
- There is no graphical method for 3 Dimensional stress analysis, instead we have to use analytical method for this. Values of Principal stress in a 3 dimensional systems are given by solution of following equation.

Fig.1 Stress boundary conditions on a 2 dimensional element |

Fig.2 Normal and shear axes of a Mohr circle |

Fig.3 Marking normal stress values on normal axis |

Fig.4 Drawing shear stress values |

Fig.4 Connecting end of shear stress lines |

Fig.5 Mohr circle construction |

Fig.6 Determination on normal and shear stress using Mohr cirlce |

Fig.7 Stress boundary conditions in a 3 dimensional body and normal stress values induced in it |

## Application of Principal Stresses

Values of principal stresses at a given point is vital design information. Material failure theories extensively use this data to predict whether the design will withstand given load at a specified location.