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### Phonon softening explanation

Is there a simple, intuitive answer of why phonons soften with strain? I am aware of the Grüneisen parameter but it just tells us there is a negative sign.
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I noticed that the bulk modulus often has a negative sign appended to it in order to cancel with a negative change in an object's volume; this allows the bulk modulus to be positive. However, I ...
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### Momentum equation in a Lagrangian configuration

When writing the momentum equation in a lagrangian configuration is the the stress tensor used the first Piola-Kirchhoff stress tensor or the nominal stress tensor (which is the transpose of the 1st ...
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### direction of fracture

a) Why does fracture occurs in a direction perpendicular to that of the least principal stress ? Wouldn't it make more sense if it fracture along the direction of least resistance and not ...
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### does the thickness of a rubber sheet affect the tensile strength?

i'm really confused which thickness of rubber sheet i should choose. Does the thickness affect the tensile strength and elongation in any way? is there any relation between them? i would really ...
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### An expression for stress power

I have seen it written that for a continuum undergoing deformation, if we ignore body forces and heat transfer, the work done is equal to stress power: $\cfrac{dW}{dt}=\sigma_{ij}D_{ij}$, where ...
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### What causes tensile stress to decrease after a material/wire reaches its ultimate tensile stress?

I was reading the AQA A Level Physics revision guide by Jim Bretihaupt, and in the Materials chapter in the section to do with plastic deformation, it says: Beyond the ultimate tensile stress, the ...
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### physical significance of the 'time of relaxation ' and 'time of observation'

Deborah number (used frequently in rheology) is defined as the ratio of the time of observation to the time of relaxation. In his article The Deborah Number, M. Reiner the man who coined the term has ...
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### young's modulus factors

is young's modulus of a material different for various diameters of that material? I would assume it does, but I cannot find a reference. Is the young's modulus of 1mm thick steel the same with 10mm ...
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### Extension in a vertically hanging rod [closed]

Consider a vertical rod hanging from a ceiling. Neglect lateral contraction and frictional forces and air resistance and change in value of $g$ with height. Case 1: In the absence of gravity, a rod ...
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### Do stress and strain contradict each other?

According to the book Engineering Physics by R.K Gaur and S.L Gupta Strain: Strain is a fractional deformation produced in the body when it is subjected to set of deforming forces. Stress: The ...
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### From in-plane strain to Poisson ratio

I have recently been trying to simulate a graphene cantilever and thus I need to know the Poisson ratio, Young's modulus, and density. From literature it is easy to find the Young's modulus and ...
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### Can a magnetic field weaken aluminum?

I'm wondering if there is any reason to suspect that applying a magnetic field to a piece of solid aluminum would weaken it structurally in any way. The application is that I would like to put a stir ...
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### Elastic properties of materials at low temperature

It is common knowledge that materials are more brittle at low temperature. But does it apply also on elastic deformations or is it just matter of plastic deformations? Practically: Is it possible to ...
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### The amount of force needed to bend and break a magnesium cylinder? [closed]

I want to determine how much force in Newtons will be need to bend a solid cylinder of magnesium. The cylinder is (x) cm in diameter, and it is (l) cm long. The density of normal magnesium alloy is ...
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### Cauchy stress tensor in different coordinate system

The general form of the cauchy stress tensor is given by the dyadic decomposition $$\boldsymbol \sigma = \sigma_{ij}\,\,\mathbf{e}_i \otimes \mathbf{e}_j$$ I want to know how this can be expanded in ...
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### Cauchy stress tensor for a spherically symmetric problem [closed]

Given a sperically symmetric problem, I am asked to show that its Cauchy stress tensor, in spherical coordinates will assume the form: ...
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### Stuck with physics tensile strength problem

So this was a question in my exam. I am not asking for the solution rather some help at a step. A glass spherical shell of radius $R$ has a point source of monochromatic light of wavelength ...
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### Elongation and tensile strength of rubber

I want to do some experiments on a neoprene rubber sheet (ex. supplier). When I went to order the sheet I was confused because the listed elongation and tensile strength for all sheet sizes (with ...
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### Why are the x-components of the stress tensor ($\sigma_{xx}, \sigma_{yx}, \text{and } \sigma_{zx}$) different?

I understand the stress tensor at a specific point $P$ as follows. You draw a cube with its center at $P$ and look at its faces. The face with its normal vector in the positive $x$ direction has a ...
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### Calculate the applied force associated with uniform distortion of an area

I am exploring Hooke's Law and considering how it might apply to an arbitrary area (perhaps as a slice of some volume). Since $$F = -kx$$ Would it be correct to calculate the force, $F$, ...
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### How is the Von Mises stress used in 1D or 2D?

The Von Mises Stress is given by: $\sigma_{VM} = \sqrt{\frac{3}{2}\boldsymbol{\sigma}^{'}:\boldsymbol{\sigma}^{'}}$ My understanding is that the $\frac{3}{2}$ is included to ensure that the von mises ...
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### Plastic deformation energy dissipation due to inelastic collision

I have been attempting to determine an analytical expression for the coefficient of restitution (or any similar collision parameter) for an inelastic collision. So far, I've looked at Hertzian contact ...
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### How to determine plastic strain rate

Equivalent plastic strain rate is defined as $$\dot{\bar{\epsilon}}=\sqrt{\frac{2}{3}\dot{\epsilon_{ij}}^{p}\dot{\epsilon_{ij}}^{p} }$$ Where, $\dot{\bar{\epsilon}}$ is equivalent plastic strain ...
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### What is “Accumulated plastic strain rate” in Current yield Norton law?

I'm doing FEA of steel under high strain rates and using Elasto-ViscoPlastic material model, with Von-mises yield criterion along with Isotropic hardening. The strain rate sensitivity is addressed by ...
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### Deformation of an elliptical ring

How will it deform when I compress an elliptical ring along its long axis? For simplicity we could consider that the ring is homogeneous, elastic, has no internal stress at the beginning, and its ...
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### What will limit the speed at which one can play the piano?

I thought about this as a fun question. Suppose we provide a piano player that is limited only by the typical relativistic rules (i.e., hands and fingers cannot move faster the speed of light), so ...
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### Bending moment in composite beam with internal “active” stress

I am looking at a problem of a bending composite beam with a symmetric cross -section, $A(s)$. Above the neutral axis $s$ is material $U$ and below the neutral axis is material $L$. $U$ has an ...