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Calculating modulus of elasticity?

  1. Mar 29, 2011 #1
    I'm trying to figure out how to calculate the modulus of elasticity for a board clamped to a surface plate at one end and free-floating on the other. I've measured the deflection with a 1k weight at the free end of the board. So I've got that data as well as the dimensions of the free-hanging portion of the board.

    I've done this test with numerous boards of different thicknesses and dimensions and want to compare them in terms of stiffness.
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  3. Mar 29, 2011 #2


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    Hi tobyrzepka, welcome to PF. Try a search for "beam bending equations" to find the deflection vs. Young's modulus for a number of different boundary conditions. For the case of a cantilevered beam (clamped at one end, transverse load on the other), the deflection is [itex]\delta=PL^3/3EI[/itex], where [itex]I=wt^3/12[/itex] is the second moment of area. Does this answer your question?
  4. Apr 3, 2011 #3
    Like Mapes stated correctly, δ=F*L^3 / 3E*I

    Since you measured deflection you can solve as E (elasticity modulus) and you'll have it.

    E=I*F*L^3 / 3δ

    F = Force applied (1kg as you mentioned)
    L = Length (Length of each board)
    E = Elasticity modulus (You will do the math)
    I = Inertia moment (b*h^3)/12 where h=width of board and h=height (thickness)
    δ= Deflection (As you measured)

    I hope that helped
  5. Jul 6, 2011 #4
    So you said :
    I = Inertia moment (b*h^3)/12 where h=width of board and h=height (thickness)

    I assume you meant b = width of the board, and h = height... is that right?

  6. Jul 26, 2011 #5
    b=width, h=depth/height

    for a rectangular section I =(b.h^3)/12
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