Shear Modulus

Written by Jerry Ratzlaff on . Posted in Thermodynamics

shear modulus 1Shear modulus, abbreviated as G, also called modulus of rigidity or shear modulus of elasticity, is the ratio of the tangential force per unit area applied to a body or substance to the resulting tangential strain within the elastic limits.

Shear Modulus Formula

\(\large{ G = \frac { \tau } { \gamma } }\)

\(\large{ G = \frac { F\;l } { A\;\Delta x } }\)


\(\large{ G }\) = shear modulus

\(\large{ A }\) = area on which the force acts

\(\large{ F }\) = force that acts

\(\large{ l }\) = lateral length of the material without force applied

\(\large{ \gamma }\)  (Greek symbol gamma) = shear strain

\(\large{ \tau }\)  (Greek symbol tau) = shear stress

\(\large{ \Delta x }\) = transverse displacement


Tags: Equations for Strain and Stress Equations for Force Equations for Modulus