Elastic stress concentrations in a square plate with a large hole under uniaxial loading

D. Shilkrut, A. Uziel, S. Gruntman

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The elastic stress concentrations in an infinite plate with a circular central hole which is loaded uniaxially, is a classical problem in the theory of elasticity. The aim of this work is to investigate the stress concentration phenomena in a uniaxially loaded square plate with a large central circular hole. Various load distributions on the external boundary are discussed. As a result of the numerical method and the experimental work, carried out on photelastic models, interesting stress distributions were found. (1) Both compressive and tensile stresses were found in the minimal section perpendicular to the direction of the acting load in the cases of either tensile or compressive loading. (2) In the case of a nearly concentrated load, the maximal stress appears at the intersection of the hole with the loading axis. The numerical method used here can easily be generalised for the study of other problems of plane elasticity and thermoelasticity of either isotropic or anisotropic bodies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-61
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Strain Analysis for Engineering Design
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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