**Stress**which are Normal to the plane on which they act are called

**Direct Stresses**and they are either tensile or compressive. The Load transmitted across any Section divided by the cross sectional area is called the

**Stress**.

What is maximum bending stress?

It can be concluded therefore that the value of the

**bending stress**will vary linearly with distance from the neutral axis. Calculating the**maximum bending stress**is crucial for determining the adequacy of beams, rafters, joists, etc. Shear**Stress**. Normal**stress**is a result of load applied perpendicular to a member.What is stress in a structure?

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**structural**element subjected to compression is shortened.**Stress**is defined as force per unit area that the force acts upon. Thus,**Stresses**are either tensile or compressive.**Structural**materials are chosen by their ability to resist tensile or compressive forces, depending upon the application.