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young's modulus

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Probably the most useful of all concepts in engineering since it defines the 'floppiness'or 'stiffness'of a material, Thomas Young (around 1800) realised this consideration of stresses and strains in a material gives a constraint that is characteristic of each chemical substance and in lay terms defines the material's springiness. The Young's modulus of rubber is low but of diamonds very high.

Gravity aside, the flexibility of any given object thus depends on its form (geometrical shape arrangement of the elements) and the Young's Modulus of the material. For any object made with elements of composite materials, the deflection would be difficult to predict without a complex analysis.

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