Enter the original length (h) and the total deformation (w) into the calculator to determine the shear stress acting on a square object.

## Shear Strain Formula

The following formula is used to calculate shear strain.

y = w / h

• Where y is the shear strain
• w is the total deformation as seen in the illustration below
• h is the original length/height of the object

## Shear Strain Definition

A shear strain is defined as the deformation of an object due to shear stress.

## Shear Strain Example

How to calculate shear strain?

1. First, measure the original length.

Measure the original length, often considered the height of a square object.

2. Next, measure the deformation.

After a shear force has been applied to the object, measure the deformation.

3. Finally, calculate the shear strain.

Calculate the shear strain by dividing the deformation by the original length.

## FAQ

What is shear strain?

Shear strain is a type of strain that is caused by a shear force or shear stress.

What is shear stress?

Shear stress is a stress caused two forces acting in opposing directions and opposing surfaces of an object.