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, shear modulus or modulus of rigidity, denoted by G, or sometimes S or μ, is defined as the ratio of shear stress
A shear stress, denoted \tau\, , is defined as the component of stress coplanar with a material cross section. Shear stress arises from the force vector component parallel to the cross section...
to the shear strain:
where = shear stress; is the force which acts is the area on which the force acts
- in engineering, = shear strain. Elsewhere, is the transverse displacement is the initial length
Shear modulus is usually expressed in gigapascal
The pascal is the SI derived unit of pressure, internal pressure, stress, Young's modulus and tensile strength, named after the French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer, and philosopher Blaise Pascal. It is a measure of force per unit area, defined as one newton per square metre...
s (GPa) or in thousands of pounds per square inch (kpsi).
The shear modulus is always positive.
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describes the material's response to linear strain (like pulling on the ends of a wire),
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- the shear modulus describes the material's response to shearing strains.
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exhibit differing material response to stress or strain when tested in different directions. In this case, when the deformation is small enough so that the deformation is linear, the elastic moduli, including the shear modulus, will then be a tensor, rather than a single scalar value.
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Shear modulus of metalsThe shear modulus of metals measures the resistance to glide over atomic planes in crystals of the metal. In polycrystalline metals there are also grain boundary factors that have to be considered. In metal alloys, the shear modulus is observed to be higher than in pure metals due to the presence of additional sources of resistance to glide.
The shear modulus of metals is usually observed to decrease with increasing temperature. At high pressures, the shear modulus also appears to increase with the applied pressure. Correlations between the melting temperature, vacancy formation energy, and the shear modulus have been observed in many metals.
Several models exist that attempt to predict the shear modulus of metals (and possibly that of alloys). Shear modulus models that have been used in plastic flow computations include:
- the MTS shear modulus model developed by and used in conjunction with the Mechanical Threshold Stress (MTS) plastic flow stress model.
- the Steinberg-Cochran-Guinan (SCG) shear modulus model developed by and used in conjunction with the Steinberg-Cochran-Guinan-Lund (SCGL) flow stress model.
- the Nadal and LePoac (NP) shear modulus model that uses Lindemann theory to determine the temperature dependence and the SCG model for pressure dependence of the shear modulus.
MTS shear modulus modelThe MTS shear modulus model has the form:
where µ0 is the shear modulus at 0 K, and D and T0 are material constants.
SCG shear modulus modelThe Steinberg-Cochran-Guinan (SCG) shear modulus model is pressure dependent and has the form
where, µ0 is the shear modulus at the reference state (T = 300 K, p = 0, η = 1), p is the pressure, and T is the temperature.
NP shear modulus modelThe Nadal-Le Poac (NP) shear modulus model is a modified version of the SCG model. The empirical temperature dependence of the shear modulus in the SCG model is replaced with an equation based on Lindemann melting theory. The NP shear modulus model has the form:
and µ0 is the shear modulus at 0 K and ambient pressure, ζ is a material parameter, kb is the Boltzmann constant, m is the atomic mass
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, and f is the Lindemann constant.