The second moment of area, also known as the area moment of inertia or second moment of inertia, is a property of a shape that is used to predict its resistance to bending and deflection which are directly proportional. This is why beams with higher area moments of inertia, such as Ibeams, are so often seen in building construction as opposed to other beams with the same area. It is analogous to the polar moment of inertia, which characterizes an object's ability to resist torsion. Figure 1. ...
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Ibeams are beams with an I or Hshaped crosssection. ...
Polar moment of inertia is a quantity used to predict an objects ability to resist torsion, in objects (or segments of objects) with an invariant circular crosssection and no significant warping or outofplane deformation. ...
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The second moment of area is not the same thing as the moment of inertia, which is used to calculate angular acceleration. Many engineers refer to the second moment of area as the moment of inertia and use the same symbol I for both, which may be confusing. Which inertia is meant (accelerational or bending) is usually clear from the context and obvious from the units. Moment of inertia, also called mass moment of inertia and, sometimes, the angular mass, (SI units kg mÂ², Former British units slug ft2), is the rotational analog of mass. ...
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Notes on notation
In some circumstances I_{x} and I_{xx} mean the same thing depending on what notation the person conducting the calculations is using. For example some people referring to a section across the xaxis will just use I_{x}, but someone who refers to a section across the xaxis as 'section xx' will use I_{xx} for the same variable. The same applies in the case of I_{y} and I_{yy}.
Definition  I_{x} = the moment of inertia about the axis x
 dA = an elemental area
 y = the perpendicular distance to the element dA from the axis x
Intuitively, the second moment of area, measuring the resistance to bending, can be likened to a person's attempt to stop a force from turning a lever: the farther a person places a hand from the pivot the more leverage is obtained and the easier it is to resist the turning force. In the above formula, the hand's resisting turning are replaced with the sum of small sections of the object (infinitesimally small in the limit); the leverage is proportional to the square of the distance from the 'pivot'. Each small section adds its own contribution depending on its position and proportional to how big it is in cross section; each piece can be split into smaller pieces being summed up until the infinitesimal size is reached and the result is accurate (i.e. the limit of the integral). This article is about the concept of integrals in calculus. ...
The above can only be used on its own, when sections are symmetrical about the xaxis. When this is not the case, the second moment of area about both the x and the yaxis and the product moment of area, I_{xy}, are required.
Unit The SI unit for second moment of area is metre to the fourth power (m^{4}) Look up si, Si, SI in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...
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Second moment of area for various cross sections See list of area moments of inertia for other cross sections. The following is list of area moments of inertia. ...
Rectangular cross section  b = width (xdimension),
 h = height (ydimension)
 b = width (xdimension),
 h = height (ydimension)
"Ibeam" cross section  See below, as an example of applying the formula for a composite cross section..
Circular cross section Hollow Cylindrical Cross Section  D_{O} = Outside Diameter
 D_{I} = Inside Diameter
Parallel axis theorem 
The parallel axis theorem can be used to determine the moment of an object about any axis, given the moment of inertia of the object about the parallel axis through the object's center of mass and the perpendicular distance between the axes. The parallel axes rule can be used to determine the moment of inertia of a rigid object about any axis, given the moment of inertia of the object about the parallel axis through the objects center of mass and the perpendicular distance between the axes. ...
The parallel axes rule can be used to determine the moment of inertia of a rigid object about any axis, given the moment of inertia of the object about the parallel axis through the objects center of mass and the perpendicular distance between the axes. ...
 I_{z} = the second moment of area with respect to the zaxis
 I_{CG} = the second moment of area with respect to an axis parallel to z and passing through the centroid of the shape (coincides with the neutral axis)
 A = area of the shape
 d = the distance between the zaxis and the centroidal axis
An axis in the cross section of a beam, shaft or the like along which there are no longitudinal stresses / strains. ...
Composite cross section When it is easier to compute the moment for an item as a combination of pieces the composite cross sections the second moment of area is calculated by applying the parallel axis theorem to each piece and adding the terms:  y = distance from xaxis
 x = distance from yaxis
 A = surface area of part
 I_{local} is the second moment of area for that part of the composite, in the appropriate direction (i.e. I_{x} or I_{y} respectively).
"Ibeam" cross section The Ibeam can be analyzed as either three pieces added together or as a large piece with two pieces removed from it. Either of these methods will require use of the formula for composite cross section. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ...
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 b = width (xdimension),
 h = height (ydimension)
 t_{w} = width of central webbing
 h_{1} = inside distance between flanges
This formula uses the method of a block with two pieces removed. (While this may not be the easiest way to do this calculation, it is instructive in demonstrating how to subtract moments).
Ibeam diagram, moment by subtraction Since the Ibeam is symmetrical with respect to the yaxis the I_{x} has no component for the centroid of the blocks removed being offset above or below the x axis. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 398 Ã— 600 pixelsFull resolution (400 Ã— 603 pixel, file size: 11 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Diagram for wikipedia article on second moment of area for an Ibeam, diagram 2. ...
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Centroid of a triangle In geometry, the centroid or barycenter of an object in dimensional space is the intersection of all hyperplanes that divide into two parts of equal moment about the hyperplane. ...
When computing I_{y} it is necessary to allow for the fact that the pieces being removed are offset from the X axis, this results in the Ax^{2} term.  A = Area contained with in the middle of one of the 'C' shapes of created by two flanges and the webbing on one side of the cross section =
 x = distance of the centroid of the area contained in the 'C' shape from the yaxis of the beam =
Doing the same calculation by combining three pieces, the center webbing plus identical contributions for the top and bottom piece:
Ibeam diagram, moment by addition Since the centroids of all three pieces are on the yaxis I_{y} can be computed just by adding the moments together. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ...
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However, this time the law for composition with offsets must be used for I_{x} because the centroids of the top and bottom are offset from the centroid of the whole Ibeam.  A = Area of the top or bottom piece=
 y = offset of the centroid of the top or bottom piece from the centroid of the whole Ibeam=
Product moment of area The product moment of area, I_{xy} is defined as  dA = an elemental area
 x = the perpendicular distance to the element dA from the axis y
 y = the perpendicular distance to the element dA from the axis x
The product moment of area is significant for determining the bending stress in an asymmetric cross section. Unlike the second moments of area, the product moment may give both negative and positive values. A coordinate system, in which the product moment is zero, is referred to as a set of principal axes, and the second moments of area calculated with respect to the principal axes will assume their maxima and minima. A coordinate system with origin in the centroid of the cross section and with both axes being axes of symmetry are always principal axes. Stress is a measure of force per unit area within a body. ...
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Additionally, the product moment may be used to calculate the second moments of area for a coordinate system rotated relative to the original coordinate system.  φ = the angle of rotation
 I_{x}, I_{y} and I_{xy} = the second moments and the product moment of area in the original coordinate system
 I_{x}^{*}, I_{y}^{*} and I_{xy}^{*} = the second moments and the product moment of area in the rotated coordinate system.
The value of the angle φ, which will give a product moment of zero, is equal to: This angle is the angle between the axes of the original coordinate system and the principal axes of the cross section.
Stress in a beam The general form of the classic bending formula for a beam is: This vibrating glass beam may be modeled as a cantilever beam with acceleration, variable linear density, variable section modulus, some kind of dissipation, springy end loading, and possibly a point mass at the free end. ...
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 σ is the bending stress
 x = the perpendicular distance to the centroidal yaxis
 y = the perpendicular distance to the centroidal xaxis
 M_{y} = the bending moment about the yaxis
 M_{x} = the bending moment about the xaxis
 I_{x} = the second moment of area about xaxis
 I_{y} = the second moment of area about yaxis
 I_{xy} = the product moment of area
If the coordinate system is chosen to give a product moment of area equal to zero, the formula simplifies to: Stress is a measure of force per unit area within a body. ...
If additionally the beam is only subjected to bending about one axis, the formula simplifies further: External links  http://mywebsite.bigpond.com/npajkic/solid_mechanics/second_moment_of_area/index.html
