## Shear vs Tensile Strength

If a stainless steel bolt has a tensile strength of 80,000 psi, estimate the shear strength in psi.

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Tensile strength is the max stress a material can be pulled or stretched before breaking. Shear strength is the max stress a material can handle from a shear load (think a sliding along a plane parallel to the force) before breaking.

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As a general rule, a materialâ€™s shear strength is roughly 60% of its tensile strength.

Tensile strength is the max stress a material can be pulled or stretched before breaking. Shear strength is the max stress a material can handle from a shear load (think a sliding along a plane parallel to the force) before breaking.

As a general rule, a materialâ€™s shear strength is roughly 60% of its tensile strength:

$$$(0.6)TS\simeq Shear\:Strength$$$

where
$$TS$$
is the tensile strength.

$$$(0.6)(80,000psi)\simeq 48,000\:psi$$$

$$$\simeq 48,000\:psi$$$