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Bending Yield Strength

  1. Dec 11, 2014 #1
    It seems to me that the ultimate strength of a brittle material can be easily determined by a bending test, but what about the yield? In the brittle regime, I can see how you couldn't, since the sample would fail before it would flow significantly. However, brittle materials can be made to flow a little bit by heating, confining pressure etc. In a hot bending test for example, is there a measure of the yield?
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  3. Dec 11, 2014 #2
    Isn't the measure of yield: If you release the loading on the body, it returns to its original shape.

  4. Dec 11, 2014 #3
    Hmm. I suppose you could do an incremental bending test. ASTM C1161 calls for a constant loading rate. I'll go looking for a standard that includes it.

  5. Dec 12, 2014 #4


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    Most often tensile tests are uniaxial, or biaxial. Heating (increase in temperature) reduces yield strength.

    Bend tests are usually performed to assure a certain level of ductility (usually for reasons of formability or performance). What is the purpose of ASTM C1161?

    Measurement of yield stress in a bend test can be done, but it is rather complicated compared to a uniaxial test.
  6. Dec 12, 2014 #5
    Taking another look at C1161, there's no provision for hot tests. I can see also how finding the yield wouldn't be the point. At the root of my question was: How can I evaluate a yield estimate for a brittle material? I am, like you say, interested in a yield at high temperature which will be lower and at enough confining pressure that the material is likely to flow. I thought there would be some info from the bending test (if it did become ductile at that temp alone) since its fairly common compared to the uniaxial test. Otherwise I thought a hot triaxial test would be appropriate, a sort of creep test under confining pressure.
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