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### Does a thermally expanding torus experience internal stress?

I'm trying to learn continuum mechanics and thermo-mechanics. As we know, heating an object increases the mean atomic distance $a_0$ of the atoms in a rigid body. Let's assume it is a linear elastic ...
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### What is the motivation for Mohr's circle?

I am very puzzled by the motivation for Mohr's circle in Wikipedia here. Please, explain why we need something called "Mohr's circle". Use as little words as possible and be precise. Helper questions ...
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### Drilling a hole into a bone and measuring the force required to break it

I'm currently planning an experiment (high school biology) where I will drill a hole into a bone, then load weights onto it until it breaks. I will be repeating this with holes of different diameters. ...
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### Is stress a property only relevant on surfaces?

I saw that, $$dF=\sigma \cdot dS$$ Where $dF$ is the differential force, $\sigma$ is the stress tensor, and $dS$ is the differential surface. This equation confuses me a bit. I'm under the ...
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### How does one integrate an equation with a tensor?

I was looking at the equation for the differential force $dF$ caused from a stress tensor $\sigma$ acting on a differential surface $dS$. In mathematical terms, $dF=\sigma \cdot dS$ Taking the ...
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### Degree of anisotropy of crystal tensors

Does there exist a scalar that can describe how anisotropic the elasticity of a crystal is? What about other tensors such as the permittivity or susceptibility? I found a Wikipedia article that was ...
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### Stress due to the mismatch of thermal expansion coefficients of two different attached materials

I'm simulating the thermo-electro-mechanical behavior of a copper wire which is surrounded by silicon dioxide. In other words, the wire segments is under mechanical and thermal loads and at the same ...
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### How do I calculate the maximum pressure a container can withhold?

Say I have a spherical container with a certain gas inside, heated to a very high temperature, and thus a very high pressure. The gas will exert a force radially outwards onto the container, and at ...
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### Understanding incompressibility in continuum plasticity

I am a beginner in continuum plasticity and wondering physical meaning of incompressibility in continuum plasticity. Referring to MIT OCW link the consequence of incompressibility condition is (eq ...
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### Hookes law and objective stress rates

Often, in papers presenting updated Lagrangian simulation methods for solid dynamics, the following procedure for updating the (Cauchy) stress tensor is presented: First, the Cauchy stress tensor is ...
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### Can a Space tether be made from AmSteel (Samson Rope’s Dynameen)?

AmSteel is a high strength poly-ethylene fiber. Its strength passes that of stainless 316/8 and is considerably less mass per foot. A 4 inch piece could support a length of 160 miles if the ...
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### What is the difference between stress and pressure?

What is the difference between stress and pressure? Are there any intuitive examples that explain the difference between the two? How about an example of when pressure and stress are not equal?
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### buckling of tube - shell thickness vs. momentum of inertia optimum

is there any simple formula (perhabs semi emperical, or aproximatively derived model) for buckling of tube under axial compression load given its crossection and wall thickness? ( and naturraly ...
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### Origin of a unique stress-strain relation

In a paper by Kees Wapenaar titled, "Retrieving the Elastodynamic Green's Function of an Arbitrary Inhomogeneous Medium by Cross Correlation" (2004), the following is stated: "In the space-frequency ...
### In continuum mechanics, why is the stress vector $T=\sigma\cdot n$ not a covector?
In continuum mechanics, the stress vector (see Cauchy stress tensor) $T=\sigma\cdot n$ is the surface density of a force. Forces are covectors, since they map a displacement vector to a scalar energy. ...