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In solid mechanics, it is common to analyze the properties of beams with constant cross section. Saint-Venant's theorem states that the simply connected cross section with maximal torsional rigidity is a circle. 
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It is named after the French mathematician Adhémar Jean Claude Barré de Saint-Venant.
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