What type of stress is seen in a stretched rubber band?


What type of stress is seen in a stretched rubber band?

Stresses on Materials:

There are three basic physical stresses: tensile (tension), compression, and shear. things are simplest when these are considered individually, but they can combine to produce other stresses like bending stress or torsional stress.

Answer and Explanation: 1

A straight stretched rubber band experiences tension which is a stress that tries to pull matter apart. The tension is trying to sever the bonds that between polymer molecules (or elastomers) in the rubber. This stretching of an elastic substance builds up potential energy in the rubber band which is converted to kinetic energy when the band is released. If the tension exceeds the physical limitations of the elastomers, the material will tear at the weakest point of its construction.

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Tensile and Compressive Stress and Strain Equations


Chapter 8 / Lesson 5

Understand what stress and strain are and learn the equations for stress or strain. Know the difference between tensile and compressive stress.

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