The problem of defining and determining the shear centre is present in the literature since the first decades of this century. It soon interlaced with the definition of the twist centre and their ways became unextricable in the following decades. A number of researchers dealt with the subject meeting with variable issues, yet in the author's opinion it seems of some interest to run through it again. In this paper a general survey of the literature is performed and the two definitions of the shear centre (here named kinematic and energetic) are compared. It is remarked how the energetic definition for the shear centre makes it conicide with a suitably chosen twist centre. An example is given to show tha the two definitions generally fail to provide the same place even for simple cross sections. It is shown that the two definions provide the same place, using standard approximate formulae, in the case of thin-walled monoconnected sections with regularly varying thickness and two-connectedness sections with constant thickness. As a new result, it will be shown that the two definitions of shear centre do not provide the same place for thin-walled sections with connection higher than two even in the trivial case of uniform thickness; an example is given.
A review of the problem of the shear centre(s) / Andreaus, Ugo; Ruta, Giuseppe. - In: CONTINUUM MECHANICS AND THERMODYNAMICS. - ISSN 0935-1175. - STAMPA. - 10(6):(1998), pp. 369-380. [10.1007/s001610050100]