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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This is true until the spring passes a certain point called the elastic limit. Robert Hooke discovered this theory back in 1660.
When the elastic limit is reached, fibers resist further stretch.
In the past three years, the Nigeria Army has stretched beyond the elastic limit with various operations around the country simultaneously.
Mike's mother Hetty Clark was the older sister of Kate's grandfather, Ron Goldsmith, which gives you an idea of the elastic limit to which the programme stretches the term "extended family".
Also, in view of facilitating the analysis of the graphs, we have displayed in Table 2 the relevant values of several important data: (i) the Young's Modulus, E, (ii) the elastic limit, [[sigma].sub.33.sup.el], (iii) the rupture strain, [[epsilon].sub.33.sup.r] and, (iv) the maximum volume strain, [[epsilon].sub.v.sup.r].
Normally the stress should be kept under the elastic limit but in case the deflection criteria limit is respected the stress limit remain under the elastic limit and the stress concentration only should be checked to avoid the cracks under cycling loading, (Litak et al., 2007).
Plasticity is concerned with the mechanics of materials deformed beyond their elastic limit. A strong knowledge of plasticity is essential for engineers handling a wide range of engineering problems, such as those encountered in the deformation of metals, the design of pressure vessels, the mechanics of impact, the understanding of fatigue, and the economical design of structures.
Another property is a high elastic limit: i.e., the ability to retain its original shape after undergoing very high loads and stress.
* Elastic limit. The point beyond which permanent deformation is present after release of the load.
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.