Beams with Different Materials

From assumption no. (3) in the previous page: The strains of any two adjacent materials at their junction point are equal.
$\epsilon_s = \epsilon_w$

$\dfrac{f_{bs}}{E_s} = \dfrac{f_{bw}}{E_w}$

$\dfrac{f_{bs}}{f_{bw}} = \dfrac{E_s}{E_w}$

We let the moduli ratio be equal to n

$n = \dfrac{E_s}{E_w}$


It will follow also that

$f_{bw} = \dfrac{f_{bs}}{n}$




From assumption no. (4): The loads carried by equivalent fibers are equal.
$P_w = P_s$

$f_{bw} \, A_w = f_{bs} \, A_s$

$A_w = \dfrac{f_{bs}}{f_{bw}} \cdot A_s$

$A_w = \dfrac{E_s}{E_w} \cdot A_s$

The equivalent area of steel in wood is

$A_w = n \, A_s$


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