Elasticity and molecular properties

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A material becomes deformed when a stress is applied to it. Its elasticity is the material's ability to return to its original form once the stress is removed. This way the deformation of the material occurs follows Hooke's law: it is proportional to the stress up until a certain point, which is called the elastic limit. Any additional stress applied after the elastic limit has been reached, the material becomes permanently deformed -- it cannot return to its original shape. When stresses are so large that Hooke's law is no longer satisfied, we are talking about the nonlinear region.

Strain in tension Eqn.gif,Strain in shear Eqn.gif,Definition of stress.png Tension and Shear.png
Linear elastic Eqns.png Stress vs Strain.png
            Elasticity as EnergyDensity.png

Since work is required to stretch a solid and the modulus is an energy per unit volume; or the modulus must be related to molecular interactions.

"Meaning" of elasticity

For small stresses on solids or for short times on liquid: Linear modulus Eqn.png
Energy stored per unit volume: Work of Elasticity.png
G has units of energy/volume. For "soft" matter: Elasticity wrt kT.png

Spring model of intemolecular interaction

Crystal model.png Crystal as spring model.png Spring model extended.png
L-J Potential energy.png Potential energy to elasticity.png Spring models.png

The multiple-spring model is combined with the potential energy model to calculate a molecular model of elasticity: Spring model to elasticity.png

Material Bond enery Distance Modulus
Metals 100kT About 1 Ang 10^12 Pa
Soft materials 1kT About 10 nm 10^3 Pa

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