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Modulus of elasticity

  1. Mar 19, 2007 #1
    I've got a computer plot showing relations between stress and strain for steel. But how can I find the modulus of elasticity (E) from the graph? Isn't it so that E=(stress/strain)? The thing is that I get very different answers when I compute E in this way for various points on the graph.
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  3. Mar 20, 2007 #2


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  4. Mar 20, 2007 #3
    Strictly speaking, Young's modulus of elasticity is tan(alpha), where alpha is the slope of the tangent line to the stress-strain curve at origin. If you define a function E_t=sigma/eps along the curve, you get the "tangent modulus, which as you noted, becomes function of total strain.
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