**Shear Stress**

**02/24/17**

*“What happens when stress is applied parallel to the surface area of a material?”*

Any force acting upon a three-dimensional object will produce an internal stress. However, how do engineers classify the types of stress that are **parallel to the material’s surface area? **Well, after many years of research, this phenomenon has been classified as a **shear stress. **A shear stress will produce a shear strain in the object proportional to the object’s modulus of rigidity, which can be symbolically represented with the equation (Tau = G*(Gamma), with (Tau) being the shear stress (Gamma) being the shear deformation and g being the modulus of rigidity. The higher a material’s shear strength is, the more it will be able to resist shear strength.

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