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This is a typical stress-strain curve of a ductile material.
A brittle material would have a much smaller strain value before breaking(making EB shorter).
L - limit of proportionality
For a given material,
Young's Modulus (E) is the ratio of stress* to strain*, provided the limit of
proportionality is not exceeded.
* sometimes referred to as stress σ (sigma), strain ε (epsilon)
The gradient at any point on a stress - strain graph is the Young's Modulus (E).
Hooke's Law and Molecular Separation
Hooke's Law states that the extension(x) of a spiral spring(or other elongated body) is proportional to the applied force(F), provided the limit of proportionality is not exceeded.
k is the constant of proportionality(a measure of 'stiffness')
So force-extension curves of different materials are straight lines through the origin, with gradient k.
On a stress-strain graph the Young's Modulus is constant for the portion of the graph where Hooke's Law applies.
This can be easily shown by substituting for k = F/x into the equation for E.
E is a constant because l, A and k are all constant.
The force F between molecules is directly proportional to small displacements either side of the equilibrium position ro .
This translates in the bigger picture to applied force being proportional to extension.
To obtain an expression for the strain energy(work done) in stretching a wire, consider a wire of original length l0 where a force F produces an extension x .
It is assumed that the wire obeys Hooke's Law.
Now, let the force F cause a further extension δx, , where δx is so small that F may be considered constant.
work done = force x distance force moves
The total work done when the wire is stretched from 0 to x is the area under the F - x curve between these two limits.
Since the wire obeys Hooke's Law,
Substituting for F in the integral expression(above):
As can be seen from the graph, the area under the curve is half the product of F and x .
The graph illustrates how, for a given force, the extension is greater for unloading than loading.
Looking at this another way, for a given extension the loading force is greater than the unloading force.
The stretching produces an increase in temperature(loading).
When the strain is reduced(unloading) the temperature drops.
However, some heat is retained to keep the material above its initial temperature.
For a complete cycle, the increase in heat energy is the area of the hysteresis loop.
The graph is for rubber, but metals also exhibit this property, though the effect is considerably smaller.
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