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Engineering Stress increases after yield stress?

  1. Feb 14, 2016 #1
    I need to know why the Engineering stress increases after reaching the yield stress point, and continues to increase until reaching the UTS. Am I correct when I remember that there is strain hardening that occurs along the region from Yield stress to the Ultimate tensile stress? Engineering stress equals Force divided by Original cross-sectional area: σ=F/Ao
    My first thoughts were that obviously as you increase the force, the stress will increase (from a purely mathematical outlook, this is apparent since stress increases proportionally to force). How could this be explained in better engineering terms?
    Thanks
     
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  3. Feb 15, 2016 #2

    SteamKing

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    Does it need a better explanation than the increase in applied force leads to an increase in stress, regardless of how that stress is calculated?
     
  4. Feb 15, 2016 #3
    The question is: "From the onset of plastic deformation up to the UTS, the engineering stress increases. Discuss in Engineering terms why."
    This is for a lab report in which we performed a tensile test on three materials, steel, copper, and aluminum
     
  5. Feb 16, 2016 #4

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  6. Feb 16, 2016 #5
    Yes, thank you both for your insight. I asked the instructor also, and the answer he was looking for was regarding the cold work/strain hardening that occurs as a result of dislocations from the plastic deformation.
     
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