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Homework Help: Does any one know how to make a stress strain diagram in MS excel?

  1. Feb 9, 2008 #1
    Or know of any good tutorials?

    This is a PAIN to do by hand.
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  3. Feb 9, 2008 #2
    What exactly are you doing? Do you already have values? Why don't you just use the published ones?
  4. Feb 9, 2008 #3
    Yes. I have the values. I am just having a hard time figuring out how to enter and plot the values? I tried using line chart, but it seems to be graphing a line for both strain and stress instead on just one line for stress VS strain.

    What do you mean "published ones"?
  5. Feb 9, 2008 #4
    Most materials have published stress-strain charts.

    Anyway, back to Excel. What other choices do you see for plot type?
  6. Feb 9, 2008 #5
    These are all of the line charts, all the others are just pie, bar, scatter plots...

  7. Feb 9, 2008 #6
    I think the scatter plot will do it, I just can't figure out how to change the scaling of the axes.

    I got it to look like this:

    Now I just need to get the blown up graph for the elastic range. I want to make it show up underneath the main curve with its own scaling just like a standard stress-strain diagram
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  8. Feb 9, 2008 #7
    You can change the max/min values right on the open dialog box in your image. See the minimum and maximum fields? Nice curve, by the way.
  9. Feb 9, 2008 #8
    Right. The only thing is, I want to get a second curve in there. I want to expand (blow up) the linear portion of the graph. . .
  10. Feb 10, 2008 #9


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    Put in your second set of data. Highlight it and press control-c. This will put the data in your clipboard. Click once on your graph. Go to the edit menu and select paste special. You should the get a dialog box that will ask you if you want to paste it as a new series of data. Say yes. This will put the data on the same chart. However, you must click on either of the data sets and right click. Select format data series. There should then be a tab labelled Axis. Select it and there will be a selector box that says Primary or Secondary. Select secondary to put it on the other axis. You can then format the range of that axis separately.
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