The strength of a material is based on the ability to carry its own weight and any applied loads without undue distortion. There are three particular forms of strength that we are concerned about in construction materials:
However, the strength of a material also has various properties itself, namely:
Elasticity is the property of reverting to original shape; a stiff or rigid structure will maintain and support a load without significantly changing shape. Plasticity is the ability to be molded (usually when heated) and ductility is the ability to ...