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Questions related to the Continuum Mechanics Division of Elasticity. The bending of beams, deflection of rods, or in general, applications of Hooke's Law generalized to three dimensions.

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ultimate tensile strength for elastomers

I'm doing experiments with an elastomer and I'd like to know how I should determine tensile strength in practice. Is this the point where I begin to observe tears in the elastomer or where the ...
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What equation predicts at what point a stretched object comes apart?

I am creating a simulation and am interested in pulling stretchy things and when they break, like taffy. I imagine this is a bit tougher then a simple equation like gravity, but I have no idea. Is ...
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Understanding stress-strain calculations

I'm trying to compute the stress-strain curve for an elastic material with cylindrical geometry subject to an increasing uniaxial load. I understand that this requires: stress = $F/A_0$ where $A_0$, ...
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Understanding stress-relaxation for viscoelastic materials

I'm studying a viscoelastic material with a cylindrical geometry and I read that for fixed strain(i.e. fixed elongation), I should observe decreasing strain over time. Given that stress $= F/A_0$ ...
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Modeling rubber foams

Are there any good papers/texts on the subject of modeling the dynamics of rubber foams? So far I haven't found any good papers/texts that cover this particular subject and I've done some searching. ...
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Mathematical expression of energy storage

I'm trying to develop an idea which is as follows. Put simply, imagine a flat sheet of material which, when distorted (I.e. curved in the third dimension) stores energy. Now, by calculating the ...
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Studying dynamic elasticity for finite deformations

this is not a question asking for help with a problem but one asking for help where to begin serious study of elasticity, particularly that applied to dynamic systems. Most textbooks about elasticity ...
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Why is filling a balloon from your mouth much harder initially?

Why is it that when you first fill up a balloon, it's hard to get air through, but after inflating it a bit, it becomes much easier to further inflate the balloon?
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Relationship of the volume of a plumbing system to pressure

How does the volume of water a plumbing system holds vary with water pressure? I know the ratio would include the modulus of elasticity of the plumbing material, the total surface area of the plumbing ...
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Fundamental frequency of a material and its Young's modulus

I wonder if there is a connection between fundamental frequency and Young's modulus of a material. For example, how to calculate the Young's modulus of a glass bar by knowing its frequency spectrum?
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Are hardness, strength and toughness of materials not the same thing in a way?

I had to look through several videos and re-read Wikipedia statements about these material properties several times before I could even begin to differentiate them. However, now that I have found out ...
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“Poynting vector” for transverse waves in elastic solid

What is the expression or name for the vector that gives the direction and intensity associated with the energy flux or momentum flux carried by transverse waves in an elastic solid?
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Why does a bungee jumper continue to move downwards beyond the equilibrium position of the jumper and cord?

When a bungee jumper jumps, ignoring the mass of the bungee cord, the jumper initially falls in freefall before an inelastic collision occurs between the jumper and cord, and the cord extends as the ...
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Why is the Elastic Modulus of concrete smaller than that of steel?

I am trying to get a basic feel for what the Modulus of Elasticity means for different materials. My understanding is that since E = stress / strain, a higher E ...
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On the isotropy of materials

I am working on honeycomb structures and first of all I would like to understand whether it is isotropic or not, and, if the latter holds, which kind of anisotropy does it have? How to do it? I don't ...
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Why a balloon explodes by itself? [duplicate]

I was wondering why a balloon explodes after some time by itself with no specific reason. yesterday I was doing my chores and to my amazement the balloon far in the corner of house pop with no obvious ...
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Tensile strain and extension in wires of different lengths [duplicate]

If we apply a equal force (f) to two ends of two wires (made out of same material) length 'l' and '2l', will the extension be equal ? Since force is directly propotional to the extension, will the two ...
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Does water have shear thinning property? [closed]

I'm working on a project and I need to know if the water is viscoelastic? does water have shear thinning property?
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Deriving the formula for energy stored in a spring without using geometry (determining the area under a curve)?

Using Hooke's Law, we know that the force applied is proportional to the extension of the spring. Therefore by plotting a graph of force against extension, through the area under the curve we are able ...
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Infinite elastic half-space with point load (Mindlin's problem)

What is the equilibrium deformation of an infinite half-space (that is, an isotropic and homogeneous linearly-elastic three-dimensional medium, with a single planar surface) produced by a force which ...