Stress-Strain Relationship

Hooke’s law is the proportionality gives the relationship between elastic strain (ε) and stress (σ):

σ = E.ε

where ‘E’ is Young’s modulus of elasticity of the material.

The following power-law equation, known as Holloman-Ludwig equation, describes the material behavior in the plastic range:

σ = K.εn

Where ‘K’ is the strength coefficient, and n is the strain hardening exponent which can have values from n = 0 (perfectly plastic solid) to n = 1 (elastic solid). For most metals, n has values between 0.10 and 0.50.

A variation from the above power-law equation is also known as Ludwig equation

σ = σy + K.εn

Where ‘σy‘ is the yield strength of the material. The true strain ε used in the above equation should actually be the plastic strain value, given by the following equation,

εp = ε – εe ≈ ε

where elastic strains (εe) can be safely neglected because plastic strains are very large when compared to elastic strain values.

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