Statistical Mechanics by David Ruelle

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Also, energy can neither be created nor destroyed, which is known as the principle of conservation of energy. However, this principle was not generally accepted until quite late in the 19th century. As far as the units of energy are concerned, there is little uniformity. In mechanical engineering the tradition is still to use foot-pounds, while the SI unit of energy is the joule. 4 Strain energy diagram. Copyright © 2005 by Marcel Dekker Stress and Energy Criteria 33 While the concept of force times distance is not too difficult to grasp, the measure of a joule is not that easy to comprehend.

2 Notation for elliptical hole. different approach to judging the degree of severity of a particular discontinuity. Here we no longer deal with a conventional notch geometry but with a deep and sharp crack, with the tip-of-the-crack radius having, perhaps, molecular dimensions. Hence the conventional definition of stress concentration factor cannot be applied. One should not take the results based on the Inglis formula entirely at their face value. This would only lead to a conclusion that it is impossible to design any structure to carry tensile loads because all structures and materials are scarcely free of discontinuities and cracks.

When the major portion of the stress –strain curve is a straight line, it is customary to say that we are dealing with a Hookean material. The slope of the curve indicates the degree of stiffness of a given solid, which leads to the definition of a material constant E known as Young’s modulus, also known as the modulus of elasticity or the elastic modulus: E¼ s 1 (1:9) The elastic modulus has the same dimensions as stress. This physical property is now regarded as a fundamental concept in materials science and engineering, and it has made some inroads in other science disciplines such as biology.

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