What is Strength: Definition and 1000 Discussions

Compressive strength or compression strength is the capacity of a material or structure to withstand loads tending to reduce size, as opposed to Tensile strength which withstands loads tending to elongate. In other words, compressive strength resists being pushed together, whereas tensile strength resists tension (being pulled apart). In the study of strength of materials, tensile strength, compressive strength, and shear strength can be analyzed independently.
Some materials fracture at their compressive strength limit; others deform irreversibly, so a given amount of deformation may be considered as the limit for compressive load. Compressive strength is a key value for design of structures.
Compressive strength is often measured on a universal testing machine. Measurements of compressive strength are affected by the specific test method and conditions of measurement. Compressive strengths are usually reported in relationship to a specific technical standard.

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  1. elisua

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  2. Ferdiss

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  3. ks81

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  4. N

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  5. Username34

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  6. I

    I Exploring Field Strength & Singularities

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  7. pedalquickly

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  8. L

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  9. N

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  10. A

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  11. M

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  12. J

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  13. Barbequeman

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  14. A

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  15. X

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  16. Tesla In Person

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  17. K

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  18. P

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  19. Anmol Dubey

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  20. A

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  21. R

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  22. B

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  23. Cerenkov

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  24. A

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  25. P

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  26. Sagittarius A-Star

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  27. FEAnalyst

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  28. wnvl2

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  29. R

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  30. T

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  31. Einstein44

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  32. jjirving

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  33. VictorMedvil

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  34. M

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  35. C

    Strength of typical baby crib railing

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  36. M

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    I know this is a hypothetical question, but we can still have a general idea for how we could do it in the future. I wonder how theoretically with good enough technology a human can achieve a super-human strength(or close to it) without large muscles or non-biological components attached to...
  37. S

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  38. E

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  39. J

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  40. L

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  41. Sophrosyne

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    The structure of the cell membrane is depicted as being formed from a bilayer of phospholipids with their hydrophilic portions pointing outwards and their hydrophilic portions facing each other. But as I look at the histology of the epithelial layer of the epidermis or mucous membranes, I am...
  42. W

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  43. Rafael Aiguzhinov

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  44. C

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  45. CallMeDirac

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  46. Y

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  47. P

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