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CENTROID

CENTRE OF GRAVITY

Centre of gravity : of a body is the point at
which the whole weight of the body may be
assumed to be concentrated.
It is represented by CG. or simply G or C.
A body is having only one center of gravity for
all positions of the body.
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Contd.
CENTRE OF GRAVITY
Consider a three dimensional
body of any size and shape,
having a mass m.

If we suspend the body as shown in
figure, from any point such as A, the
body will be in equilibrium under the
action of the tension in the cord and
the resultant W of the gravitational
forces acting on all particles of the
body.
2
Contd.

Resultant W is collinear with
the Cord

Assume that we mark its
position by drilling a
hypothetical hole of negligible
size along its line of action

Cord

Resultant
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Contd.
To determine mathematically the location of the
centre of gravity of any body,
Centre of gravity is that point about which the
summation of the first moments of the weights of
the elements of the body is zero.

we apply the principle of moments to the parallel
system of gravitational forces.
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Contd.

We repeat the experiment by
suspending the body from other
points such as B and C, and in
each instant we mark the line of
action of the resultant force.
For all practical purposes these lines of action will be
concurrent at a single point G, which is called the
centre of gravity of the body.
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w
A
A
w
B
A
G
B
A
w
A
B
C
G
B
A
C
C
B
Example:
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if, we apply principle of moments, (Varignons Theorem)
The moment of the
resultant gravitational
axis
=
the algebraic sum of the
axis of the gravitational
forces dW acting on all
infinitesimal elements of
the body.

dW x
Where W =

dW
W x
The moment of the
=
The sum of moments of its
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where = x- coordinate of centre of gravity
x
x
x
W
dW x
x

Similarly, y and z coordinates of the centre of gravity are

W
dW y
y

W
dW z
z

and ----(1)
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x
W
dW x
x

W
dW y
y

W
dW z
z

With the substitution of W= m g and dW = g dm

m
dm x
x

m
dm y
y

m
dm z
z

----(1)
----(2)
, ,
,
,
(if g is assumed constant for all particles, then )
the expression for the coordinates of centre of gravity become
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Contd.

dV
dV x
x

dV
dV y
y

dV
dV z
z

and
----(3)
If is not constant throughout the body, then we may
write the expression as
,
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The density of a body is mass per unit volume. Thus,
the mass of a differential element of volume dV
becomes dm = dV .
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Contd.
m
dm x
x

m
dm y
y

m
dm z
z

----(2)
,
,
This point is called the centre of mass and clearly
coincides with the centre of gravity as long as the gravity
field is treated as uniform and parallel.
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Equation 2 is independent of g and therefore define a
unique point in the body which is a function solely of the
distribution of mass.
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When the density of a body is uniform throughout,
it will be a constant factor in both the numerators and
denominators of equation (3) and will therefore
cancel.
The remaining expression defines a purely
geometrical property of the body.

dV
dV x
x

dV
dV y
y

dV
dV z
z

and
, ----(3)
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When speaking of an actual physical body, we use the
term centre of mass.
Calculation of centroid falls within three distinct
categories, depending on whether we can model the
shape of the body involved as a line, an area or a
volume.
The term centroid is used when the calculation concerns
a geometrical shape only.
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Contd.
LINES: for a slender rod or a wire of length L, cross-
sectional area A, and density , the body approximates a
line segment, and dm = A dL. If and A are constant over
the length of the rod, the coordinates of the centre of mass
also becomes the coordinates of the centroid, C of the line
segment, which may be written as
L
dL x
x

L
dL y
y

L
dL z
z

The centroid C of the line segment,

, ,
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Contd.
AREAS: when the density , is constant and the
body has a small constant thickness t, the body can be
modeled as a surface area.
The mass of an element becomes dm = t dA.

If and t are constant over entire area, the
coordinates of the centre of mass also becomes
the coordinates of the centroid, C of the surface
area and which may be written as
A
dA x
x

A
dA y
y

A
dA z
z

The centroid C of the Area segment,

,
,
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Contd.
VOLUMES: for a general body of volume V and density ,
the element has a mass dm = dV .
If the density is constant the coordinates of the centre of
mass also becomes the coordinates of the centroid, C of the
volume and which may be written as
V
dV x
x

V
dV y
y

V
dV z
z

The centroid C of the Volume segment,

, ,
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Centroid of Simple figures: using method of
moment ( First moment of area)

Centroid of an area may or may not lie on the
area in question.

It is a unique point for a given area
regardless of the choice of the origin and the
orientation of the axes about which we take
the moment.
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Moment of
Total area A
=
Algebraic Sum of
moment of elemental
axis

where (A = a
1
+ a
2
+ a
3
+ a
4
+ ..+ a
n
)
(A) x = (a
1
) x
1
+ (a
2
) x
2
+ (a
3
) x
3
+
.+(a
n
) x
n

= First moment of area
The coordinates of the centroid of the surface area
about any axis can be calculated by using the equn.
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If an area has an axis of symmetry, then the centroid
must lie on that axis.
If an area has two axes of symmetry, then the centroid
must lie at the point of intersection of these axes.
AXIS of SYMMETRY:

It is an axis w.r.t. which for an elementary area on one
side of the axis , there is a corresponding elementary
area on the other side of the axis (the first moment of
these elementary areas about the axis balance each
other)
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Contd.
For example:

The rectangular shown in
the figure has two axis of
symmetry, X-X and Y-Y.
Therefore intersection of
these two axes gives the
centroid of the rectangle.
x
x
da
da
da x = da x
Moment of areas,da
each other
da x + da x = 0
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Contd.
AXIS of SYMMETYRY
C must lie at the intersection
of the axes of symmetry
C must lie
on the axis
of symmetry
C must lie on
the axis of
symmetry
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EXERCISE PROBLEMS
Locate the centroid of the shaded area shown`
Problem No.1:
5
0
40
10
10
Ans: x=12.5, y=17.5
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Locate the centroid of the shaded area shown
Problem No.2:
300
3
0
0
5
0
0
1
0
0
0

m
m
1000 mm
500
r=600
D=600
Ans: x=474mm, y=474mm
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EXERCISE PROBLEMS
Locate the centroid of the shaded area w.r.t. to the
axes shown
Problem No.3:
x-axis
y-axis
90
2
0
2
0
6
0
1
2
0
r=40
Ans: x=34.4, y=40.3
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EXERCISE PROBLEMS
Locate the centroid of the shaded area w.r.t. to the
axes shown
Problem No.4:
250 mm
20
10
380
10
200 mm
x-axis
y-axis
Ans: x= -5mm, y=282mm
10
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EXERCISE PROBLEMS
Locate the centroid of the shaded area w.r.t. to the
axes shown
Problem No.5
30
50
4
0
20
20
4
0
x
y
r=20
Ans:x =38.94, y=31.46
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EXERCISE PROBLEMS
Locate the centroid of the shaded area w.r.t. to the
axes shown
Problem No.6
2
.
4

m
1
.
0
1
.
5
1.5
1.0
1.0
r=0.6
x
y
Ans: x=0.817, y=0.24
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EXERCISE PROBLEMS
Problem No.7
Locate the centroid of the shaded area w.r.t. to the
axes shown
Ans: x= -30.43, y= +9.58
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EXERCISE PROBLEMS
Problem No.8
Locate the centroid of the shaded area.
Ans: x= 0, y= 67.22(about base)
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EXERCISE PROBLEMS
Problem No.9
Locate the centroid of the shaded area w.r.t. to the
base line.
Ans: x=5.9, y= 8.17
2
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EXERCISE PROBLEMS
Problem No.10
Locate the centroid of the shaded area w.r.t. to the
axes shown
Ans: x=21.11, y= 21.11
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EXERCISE PROBLEMS
Problem No.11
Locate the centroid of the shaded area w.r.t. to the
axes shown
Ans: x= y= 22.22
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EXERCISE PROBLEMS