Chapter 2. The Strength of Materials

A large variety of materials are offered on the market. The engineer must be able to understand the specifications of available materials and select them judiciously in design. Materials must also be tested upon reception and often further processed to obtain the desired performance. In this chapter we review the mechanical properties of materials and how they are measured. We examine elastic stiffness, strength, ductility, and resistance to fracture, fatigue resistance under cyclic loading, and creep at high temperatures.

Learning Objectives

After studying this chapter, the student will be able to:

  1. Distinguish between forces applied to a solid and the resulting stresses. Define tensile, compressive, and ...

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