We were discussing “Moment
of inertia for rectangular section”, “Moment
of inertia for the hollow rectangular section” and similarly we have also
seen “Moment
of inertia for circular section” and “Moment
of inertia for the hollow circular section" in our previous posts.

Today we will see here the method to
determine the moment of inertia of an area under a curve of given equation with
the help of this post.

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*Let us see here the moment of inertia of an area
under a curve of given equation*

*Let us see here the moment of inertia of an area under a curve of given equation*

Let us consider one curve which equation
is parabolic as displayed in following figure and let us consider that equation
of this parabolic curve is as mentioned here.

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**x = ky**^{2}

^{2}

Let us determine the moment of inertia
of this area about the YY axis. Let us consider one small strip of thickness dx
and at a distance x from the YY axis. We can also observe here from above
figure that, x= a and y= b

Let us first determine the area of this
small strip, dA = y.dx

Area of this small strip, dA = (x/k)

^{1/2}.dx
As we have considered already that
equation of above curve is x = ky

^{2}
Now we can easily find here that value
of constant k and it could be written as mentioned here

k= x/y

^{2}=a/b^{2}
k=a/b

^{2}
Now area of this small strip, dA = (x/k)

^{1/2}.dx
Now area of this small strip, dA = [x/ (a/b

^{2})]^{1/2}.dx
Now area of this small strip, dA = [x

^{1/2}b/ (a^{1/2})].dx
Now we will determine here the moment of
inertia of the small strip area about the axis YY and we can write here as

Moment of inertia of the small strip area
about the axis YY = x

^{2}.dAMoment of inertia of the small strip area about the axis YY = x

^{2}. [x

^{1/2}b/ (a

^{1/2})].dx

Moment of inertia of the small strip area
about the axis YY = (b/a

^{1/2}) x^{5/2}.dx
Now let us integrate the above equation
from 0 to a in order to secure the moment of inertia of this entire area about
the axis YY and it is displayed here in following figure.

Do you have any suggestions or any
amendment required in this post? Please write in comment box.

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**Reference:**

Strength of material, By R. K. Bansal

Image Courtesy: Google

We will see another important topic
i.e.Moment of inertia for the triangular section about its base line, in the category of strength of material, in our next post.

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