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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.
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Beaubien, "Elastic constants, hardness, strength, elastic limits, and diffusion coefficients of solids," in American Institute of Physics Handbook, Section 2, pp.
At the outset, when the torque values are relatively low, the spindle only moves within the elastic limits of the fluid since the fluid's internal structure is stronger than the external force being applied to the spindle by the motor torque.
The process was developed for manufacturing high-performance yacht sails (made from DuPonts Mylar) and is infinitely reconfigurable within the elastic limits of the 'membrane'.