Stress and Strain - Definition, Curve, Hooke's Law, SI Units, Types, FAQs

# Stress and Strain - Definition, Curve, Hooke's Law, SI Units, Types, FAQs

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Elastic Behavior of Solids and the Concept of Stress and strains
Elastic or deforming force
It is the applied force onto a body by which its shape or size changes over time, the change can be on length, breadth or volume or change on all three of these. That is there will be change in the normal shape of the molecule implies that there is a change in the arrangement of molecules.

Elasticity:-

It is the special ability of a body to regain its initial original configuration on the removal of the deforming force.. Those materials showing the elastic property are called as elastic materials. The more elastic the material is faster it can turn back into its original state.

Examples of elastic materials are quartz fibre. phosphor bronze, etc

Plasticity:-

It is the inability of a body in regaining its original status on the removal of the deforming forces, the objects or materials that obeys the plasticity property is called plastic materials

Examples of materials that show plasticity or plastic materials are - bakelite, plastic etc.

## What is Stress:-

The restoring force or deforming force experienced per unit area on a body is called stress. It has the dimension of force per area or the same dimension as that of pressure.

Stress = ForceArea

SI unit of stress is Nm-2

## Types of Stress

Usually, stress is classified into four types of stress depending on the way in which the stress is applied: they are Normal stress, tensile stress, compressive stress, and Tangential stress.

1. Normal Stress

Normal stress occurs when the elastic restoring force or deforming force operates perpendicular to the region. The following are some of the most common types of normal stress.

A. Tensile Stress

The stress developed inside the body is called tensile stress when the length of the body increases In the direction of the applied force.

Here in the below image you can see that when the force is applied in the particular direction the length of the body increased in the same direction of that of the applied force.

Image of tensile stress(source self made MS Paint 3D)

B. Compressive Stress

The stress developed inside the body is called compressive stress when the length of the body decreases in the direction of the force applied.

Here in the figure below you can see that the length of the body decreases in the direction of the applied force.

Image of compressive stress(source self made MS Paint 3D)

1. Tangential or Shearing Stress

Tangential stress occurs when an elastic restoring force or deforming force operates parallel to the surface area. Here in the figure below you can see that the force is applied along a surface and it is called tangential because the force is not perpendicularly applied rather it is applied tangentially to the surface.

Image of shearing or tangential stress

## What is Strain:-

Strain has several meanings in literature here we are going to look onto what is strain in physics. Strain definition can be made as, it is a fraction which compares the change in the configuration of the body to the original configuration or the initial configuration of the body. Since the numerator and denominator of the term have the same dimension it cancels out each other and hence strain in a dimensionless quantity.

Strain =Change in configurationOriginal configuration

There are different types of strains discussed below

Depending on the surface of applied force and change in the shape of the objects, strains can be classified as three – Longitudinal strain, volumetric strain, shearing strain.

1. Longitudinal Strain

It is the relation between change in length and original length of the body where force is applied. This type of strain is calculated in the case where the deforming force is acted perpendicular to the surface

Longitudinal Strain =Change in length/Original length

1. Volumetric Strain
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It has the same definition of that of the strain but here the force is acted on the body from all the directions not only causing the change in length but totally the entire volume is changed. So it can be written as the ratio of change in volume of the body to the original volume.

Volumetric Strain = Change in volume/Original volume

1. Shearing Strain

A tangential force causes a plane perpendicular to the fixed surface of the cubical body to turn via an angle (in radians).

Image of shearing strain

Stress vs strain curve or stress strain diagram or stress strain curve for brittle material

Stress and strain is represented here in the curve

## Hooke's Law:-

In case of small deformations that is when the applied force is small but it should be enough to cause deformations, in such conditions the stress acting on the body is directly proportional to the strain, it can be seen in the above stress and strain curve. It is also called stress strain theory.

Stress α Strain

Stress = k x Strain

Where, K is the proportionality constant, and is known as the modulus of elasticity, in the above stress strain curve diagram, the region that obey Hooke’s law is called as Hooke”s law curve.

Elastic Moduli :- Modulus of elasticity - According to Hooke's law, within clastic limit stress is directly proportional to the strain, can be seen in the stress strain graph above. Which implies

Stress α Strain

Stress = E x Strain

Stress/Strain=E=constant

Where, E is known as modulus of elasticity or elastic moduli, the ratio of stress and strain is known as modulus of elasticity, there are different kind of modulus of elasticity according to the type of stress and strain which is discussed below

## Types of modulus of elasticity

1. Young's Modulus of Elasticity (Y)

When the force acted is normal to the surface the stress and strain will be normal and hence its proportionality constant is discussed here as young’s modulus

Y = Normal stress/Longitudinal strain

1. Bulk modulus of elasticity (B)

The bulk modulus is the ratio of normal stress to the volumetric strain.

B = Normal stress/Volumetric strain

Its Unit is - Nm or Pascal

Compressibility (A) - Reciprocal of bulk modulus of elasticity (B)

1. Modulus of Rigidity or shear modulus of elasticity (G)

When the deforming force is acting shear to the surface or tangential surface the stress and strain developed will be shear strain and tangential stress. The proportionality constant in this case is called the rigidity modulus or the shear modulus.

G = Tangential stress/Shearing strain

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NCERT Physics Notes :

1. What is stress and strain? or define stress and strain or difference between stress and strain

When a deforming force is applied on a body then the deforming force acting per unit area is called stress and change in the configuration to the original configuration is called strain.

2. What is the stress strain curve?

It is the graph that plots stress on y axis and strain on x axis which conveys how the stress on the body changes with respect to the strain applied. It has several regions called Hooke’s region, yield limit, plastic region etc.

3. Discuss the stress and strain formula

Strain =Change in configuration/Original configuration

Stress = Force/Area

And Hookes law states that within elastic limits,

Stress α Strain

4. What are the units of stress and strain?

Unit of stress is Newton per meter square but strain do not have any unit, is just a number. That is it is a dimensionless quantity

5. Compressive strain is what?

It is the reciprocal of volumetric strain so it can be referred to as the ratio of original volume to the change in volume.

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