suppose a bar is subjected to a temperature change. I run a thermal analysis to get the temperature distribution in the bar. Later on i want the equivalent mechanical load tht would stress the bar by the same amount. How could i obtain that load? i know that sigma= alpha*delta T where delta T is the temperature difference. But the thing is I have different temperatures at different points in the bar. Could any one tell me how to go about it? Thanks Kota
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