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Strong Steel wire but an elastic spring? Why?

  1. Jul 9, 2013 #1
    The steel wire can withstand strong tensile stress, but when the steel wire is being coiled into a spring it can be an elastic spring. Why is this? Can this be proven mathematically?
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  3. Jul 9, 2013 #2


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    How much resistance will that strong steel wire provide against a twisting motion, opposing torques applied to opposite ends of the wire, which is most of the relative deformation in the case of a spring?
  4. Jul 9, 2013 #3
    I'm sorry, can you explain your answer straight away. Ii'm not sure of the answer. thx
  5. Jul 10, 2013 #4


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    A straight rod will have some resistance to being twisted or having a torque applied to it. There will be a stress and strain asscociated with the amount of twist.

    Now coil up the rod into the shape of a coiled spring. If a force is put on the spring, the rod, or rather a cross section through a part of the coiled rod, even though coiled up, can be analyzed for the stress and strain in the same manner as the straight rod experiences a torque.

    For a coiled spring loaded axially,
    http://nptel.iitm.ac.in/courses/Web...ials/lects & picts/image/lect20/lecture20.htm

    When they say shear and bending can be neglected, they mean a pure axial load, so no sideways force or a moment is to be applied to the spring.
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