# HELP Stress Strain Question

HELP!! Stress Strain Question

1. Homework Statement

In part (a) of the problem, we found that due to a certain stress, the amount of

elastic strain that a material undergoes is
$\epsilon_E=.0087$

and the amount of plastic strain is
$\epsilon_{pl}=.0113$.

The total strain is therefore
$\epsilon_T=.02$

We are then told that a sample of this material with original length
$l_o=610 \ mm$ undergoes that same stress involved in part (a).

What is the new length $l_f$after the stress is removed ?

So I believe the idea behind this is that we gain the elastic portion of the strain back, but the plastic elongation should be added onto the original length.

I wrote this quantitatively as:

$$l_f=l_0+\epsilon_{pl}\Delta l$$ (1)

To find the change in length we have:

$$\epsilon_T=\frac{\Delta l}{l_0} \Rightarrow \Delta l=\epsilon_Tl_0$$ (2)

Therefore (1) becomes:

$$l_f=l_0+\epsilon_{pl}(\epsilon_Tl_0)$$

$$\Rightarrow l_f=l_0(1+\epsilon_T\epsilon_{pl})$$

Plugging in numbers we have lf=.6101 mm

but the correct answer is .6167 which is waayyy off.

What am I missing here?

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#### Mapes

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Re: HELP!! Stress Strain Question

First find the length when the total load is applied (i.e., the length incorporating elastic and plastic strain). Then find the length change associated with elastic recovery of this sample, and subtract this.

Re: HELP!! Stress Strain Question

I will try that. But how is that different? What concept am I missing here? I do not see the difference between adding the plastic elongation to the initial length and subtracting the elastic elongation from the final length.

#### Mapes

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Re: HELP!! Stress Strain Question

The mistake you made originally was taking $\epsilon_{pl}$ as the proportion of plastic strain, rather than the amount of plastic strain. The product $\epsilon_T\epsilon_{pl}$ doesn't have any meaning in this problem.

Personally, I think an answer of $l_f=l_0(1+\epsilon_{pl})=0.6169[/tex] is good enough and simpler. But the approach I described gets you to .6167 (actually .616786), so perhaps it's the approach intended by the person who wrote the problem. #### Saladsamurai Re: HELP!! Stress Strain Question The mistake you made originally was taking [itex]\epsilon_{pl}$ as the proportion of plastic strain, rather than the amount of plastic strain.
I don't understand this statement?

It was given that this was the plastic strain

Edit: hold on.... let me think...

Re: HELP!! Stress Strain Question

Nope... I still don't understand. If by definition strain is $\epsilon_T=\frac{\Delta l}{l_0}$ then isn't it by definition a proportion?

i.e., percent change in length.

#### Mapes

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Re: HELP!! Stress Strain Question

In your equation (1) you've multiplied strain by change in length. This doesn't mean anything; strain is already change in length divided by original length. The term $\epsilon\Delta L$ just isn't useful or meaningful here.

However, you could calculate that

$$\epsilon_{pl}/ \epsilon_T=\epsilon_{pl}/(\epsilon_{pl}+\epsilon_{E})=56.5%$$

of the total strain is plastic, and multiply this percentage by the total change in length to get the plastic change in length. That's what I meant by the proportion of plastic strain.

Re: HELP!! Stress Strain Question

Okay. I kind of follow you now. But what is the total change in length is it not $\epsilon_{tot}*l_o$ ?

So my original (1) should have been:

$$l_f=l_0(1+\frac{\epsilon_{pl}}{\epsilon_{tot}})$$

arrgggg goddamn Latex

#### Mapes

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Re: HELP!! Stress Strain Question

Okay. I kind of follow you now. But what is the total change in length is it not $\epsilon_{tot}*l_o$ ?
Yes, that's the total change in length. Did I say something different?

Re: HELP!! Stress Strain Question

I don't know :rofl: Perhaps I did! I hate this class! Thanks for the help!

#### Mapes

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Re: HELP!! Stress Strain Question

Just keep at it and soon it'll seem easy. Good luck.

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