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elastic limit

noun, Physics.
the greatest stress that can be applied to an elastic body without causing permanent deformation.
Also called limit of proportionality, proportional limit.
1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for elastic limit
  • The user of this web page must carry out independent checks to determine if the elastic limit is exceeded.
  • Stress beyond the elastic limit of the metal resulted in buckling and permanent distortion.
  • In this case, the system is vibrated so violently that its elastic limit has been exceeded.
  • Each metal has a point known as the elastic limit, beyond which it cannot be loaded without causing permanent distortion.
  • If the tubing is stressed beyond its elastic limit and remains flat, it needs to be replaced.
  • When the balloon reaches its elastic limit and bursts, a parachute slows the descent of the radiosonde to the ground.
  • Permanent deformation that a metal piece takes when it is stressed beyond the elastic limit.
  • The degree to which a member or structure may deform beyond the elastic limit is referred to as ductility.
  • It seems cladding material over the fuel region deforms plastically while fuel does not go beyond its elastic limit.
  • Provide spring wire with elastic limit stress exceeding stress at solid deflection.
British Dictionary definitions for elastic limit

elastic limit

the greatest stress that can be applied to a material without causing permanent deformation
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elastic limit in Science
elastic limit  
The stress point at which a material, if subjected to higher stress, will no longer return to its original shape. Brittle materials tend to break at or shortly past their elastic limit, while ductile materials deform at stress levels beyond their elastic limit.
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Encyclopedia Article for elastic limit

maximum stress or force per unit area within a solid material that can arise before the onset of permanent deformation. When stresses up to the elastic limit are removed, the material resumes its original size and shape. Stresses beyond the elastic limit cause a material to yield or flow. For such materials the elastic limit marks the end of elastic behaviour and the beginning of plastic behaviour. For most brittle materials, stresses beyond the elastic limit result in fracture with almost no plastic deformation.

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