elastic limit


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e·las·tic lim·'it

the greatest stress to which a material may be subjected and still be capable of returning to its original dimensions when the forces are released.

elastic limit

The extent to which something may be stretched or bent and still be able to return to its original shape.
See also: limit
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The spring compression would be designed to be below the Elastic Limit.
When the elastic limit is reached, fibers resist further stretch.
The elastic limit is frequently indistinguishable from the proportional limit in metals.
Spaced indentations in the raceway indicate loads have exceeded its elastic limit, usually a static overload or severe impact (such as using hammers to install bearings).
This compressive stress will be retained if the part is loaded no more than 40-50% of the material's ultimate tensile strength, or below its elastic limit or yield point.
When the intensity of the perturbation induced in a solid exceeds the specific elastic limit a series of elastic and plastic waves will emerge leading to some permanent deformation of the medium.
The unified strength theory has been applied successfully to analyze the elastic limit, plastic limit capacities, and the dynamic response behavior for some structures under static and moderate impulsive load.
When the foam is compressed beyond its elastic limit, it is both plastically deformed and damaged.
This shows that although nanotubes are very rigid, they have an extremely high elastic limit.
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