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Homework Help: Using stress strain curve

  1. Oct 14, 2014 #1
    Hello I'm having trouble wrapping my head around finding things from stress strain curves

    I need to find:
    Elastic modulus (Young’s modulus)
    •Yield strength
    •Tensile strength
    •Uniform and total elongation (ductility)


    elastic modulus I think is 1240/0.02 = 62000

    but I'm unsure of how to find the others.

    Thank you to anyone who helps out.
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  3. Oct 14, 2014 #2


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    No, that is not the Youngs modulus.

    Can you define any of the terms in your own words? i.e. do you know what you are looking for?
  4. Oct 14, 2014 #3
    Thank you for your response

    I am OK with yield and tensile strength it turns out.

    I know what the elongation is and understand the formula Lf - Lo/Lo I just don't understand where to get the lengths from in the curve, I believe the strain is the elongation of the material but don't know where to get the original an final lengths from. Either from uniform at the 0.2% point or the total elongation.

    The elastic modulus is the measure of the elasticity of the material, I know that is measured form 0 to 0.02 ( the 2% rule) of the strain as this is the beginning of the plastic region. As E= stress/strain I thought but it seems that's not the case.

    I hope these explanations are satisfactory, I understand why you asked for them I guess I should have showed more of an effort to find the answers.
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2014
  5. Oct 14, 2014 #4


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    You need to review the definition of 'engineering strain':


    Scroll down until your reach the section titled 'Strain'.

    This rule only applies to materials for which there is no region where Hooke's law applies, i.e., the stress is not a linear function of the strain anywhere on the stress-strain curve. Steel, for example, has a well-defined region where the stress-strain curve is linear; aluminum does not, and therefore the 2% rule is used to estimate Young's modulus for aluminum and aluminum alloys.
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