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Chapter 3 Elasticity and Strength of Materials. References 1-Physics in biology and Medicine 3 rd e, Paul Davidovits 2- web sites 3- College Physics, 7 th e, Serway. Classification of matter. Matter is normally classified as being in one of three states:

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Chapter 3 elasticity and strength of materials

Chapter 3 Elasticity and Strength of Materials


1-Physics in biology and Medicine 3rd e, Paul Davidovits

2- web sites

3- College Physics, 7th e, Serway

Classification of matter
Classification of matter

  • Matter is normally classified as being in one of three states:

  • A solid has a definite volume and shape.

  • Aliquid has a definite volume but no definite shape.

  • A gas it has neither definite volume nor definite shape. Because gas can flow, however, it shares many properties with liquids.

  • Often this classification system is extended to include a fourth state of matter, called a plasma.

Structure of matter
Structure of matter

  • All matter consists of some distribution of atoms or molecules.

  • In a solid: The atoms, held together by forces that are mainly electrical, are located at specific positions with respect to one another and vibrate about those positions.

  • At low temperatures

  • The vibrating motion is slight and the atoms can be considered essentially fixed.

  • As energy is added to the material,

  • The amplitude of the vibrations increases.

    A vibrating atom can be viewed as being bound

    in its equilibrium position by springs attached to

    neighboring atoms. A collection of such atoms

    and imaginary springs is shown in Fig.1.

Structure of matter1
Structure of matter

  • We can picture applied external forces as compressing these tiny internal springs.

  • When the external forces are removed, the solid tends to return to its original shape and size. Consequently, a solid is said to have elasticity.

  • An understanding of the fundamental properties of these different states of matter is important in all the sciences, in engineering, and in medicine.

  • Forces put stresses on solids, and stresses can strain, deform, and break those solids, whether they are steel beams or bones.

Solid classification
Solid Classification

  • Solids can be classified as either:

  • crystalline: NaCl,

  • or amorphous: Glass

Stress strain
Stress- Strain

  • Examine the effect of forces on a body

  • 1-stretched,

  • compressed,

  • bent,

  • Twisted

  • Elasticityis the property of a body that tends to return the body to its original shape after the force is removed.

Longitudinal stretch and compression
Longitudinal Stretch and Compression

  • Stress, S

  • Longitudinal Strain, St

  • Hook`s Law

A spring
A Spring

energy E stored in the spring is given by


  • Fatigue is the progressive and localized structural damage that occurs when a material is subjected to cyclic loading.

  • Fatigue life, Nf, is the number of stress cycles of a specified character that a specimen sustains before failure of a specified nature occurs.

  • Surface fatigue: Surface fatigue is a process by which the surface of a material is weakened by cyclic loading.

  • Fatigue wear is produced when the wear particles are detached by cyclic crack growth of microcracks on the surface. These microcracks are either superficial cracks or subsurface cracks.

Bone fracture energy considerations
Bone Fracture: Energy Considerations

  • Knowledge of the maximum energy that parts of the body can safely absorb allows us to estimate the possibility of injury under various circumstances.

  • Assume that the bone remains elastic until fracture, the corresponding force is


  • A leg bone 90 cm and an average

  • area of about 6 cm2

  • Y=14×1010 dyn/cm2

  • This is the amount of energy in the impact of a 70-kg person jumping from a height of 56 cm (1.8 ft), given by the product mgh.

  • E= 70x10xH=384 J

  • H=384/700=0.56 m= 0.56 cm

Impulsive forces
Impulsive Forces

  • In a sudden collision, a large force is exerted for a short period of time on the colliding object.

  • For example, if the duration of

    a collision is 6×10−3 sec and the

  • change in momentum is 2 kg m/sec, the average force that acted during the collision is

Fracture due to a fall impulsive force considerations
Fracture Due to a fall: Impulsive Force Considerations

  • The magnitude of the force that causes the damage is computed

  • the duration of the collision Dt is difficult to determine precisely

  • If the colliding objects are hard, very short~ few milliseconds

  • If the objects is soft and yields during the collision, the duration of the collision is lengthened, and as a result the impulsive force is reduced.


  • When a person falls from a height h, his/her velocity on impact with the ground, neglecting air friction

  • W=mg

  • After the impact the body is at rest : mvf = 0

  • Measuring time is a problem

  • Vertical fall Dt=10-2 sec

  • bends his/her knees or falls on a soft surface

Airbags inflating collision protection devices
Airbags: Inflating Collision Protection Devices fracture is

  • The impact force may also be calculated from the distance the center of mass of the body travels during the collision under the action of the impulsive force.

30 cm


Decelerating force, F

For A =1000 cm fracture is 2

  • At an impact velocity of 70 km/h

  • F= 4.45×106 dyn

  • Stress= 4.45×103 dyn/cm2 < The estimated strength of body tissue.

  • At a 105-km

  • F= 1010 dyn

  • Stress= 107 dyn/cm2. probably injure the passenger

Whiplash injury
Whiplash Injury fracture is

  • the impact is sudden, as in a rear-end collision,

  • the body is accelerated in the

    forward direction by the back

    of the seat,

    the unsupported neck is then suddenly yanked back at full speed.

Falling from great height
Falling from Great Height fracture is

  • Falling on a hard surface

  • Cause injury Energy=mgh=1/2 mv2

  • Falling on a soft surface

  • Example:

  • decelerating impact force acts over a distance of about 1 m, the average value of this force remains below the magnitude for serious injury even at the terminal falling velocity of 62.5 m/sec (140 mph).

Nonomaterial fracture is

  • Nanotechnology

  • is the production of functional materials and structures in the range of 0.1 to 100 nanometers

  • one hydrogen atom is 0.1 to 0.2 nm and of a small bacterium about 1,000 nm

  • Nanotechnologies are predicted to revolutionize:

  • (a) the control over materials properties at ultrafine scales; and

  • (b) the sensitivity of tools and devices applied in various scientific and technological fields.

physical or chemical methods

Nanomaterials fracture is

  • It studies materials with morphological features on the nanoscale, and especially those that have special properties stemming from their nanoscale dimensions.

  • A bulk material should have constant physical properties regardless of its size,

  • At the nanoscale this is often not the case. Size-dependent properties are observed such as quantum confinement in semiconductor particles, and superparamagnetism in magnetic materials, etc..

Example fracture is

  • For example,

  • the bending of bulk copper (wire, ribbon, etc.) occurs with movement of copper atoms/clusters at about the 50 nm scale.

  • Copper nanoparticles smaller than 50 nm are considered super hard materials that do not exhibit the same malleability and ductility as bulk copper.

  • Figure 1. Schematics and transmission electron microscopic images of composites studied. A. Composite with nanometric particles (× 60,000 magnification). B. Composite with nanocluster particles (×300,000 magnification). C. Composite with hybrid fillers (×300,000 magnification).

  • nm: Nanometers. APS: Average particle size. μm: micrometer

Assignment images of composites studied. A. Composite with nanometric particles (× 60,000 magnification). B. Composite with nanocluster particles (×300,000 magnification). C. Composite with hybrid fillers (×300,000 magnification).

  • Solve the following problems

  • 1, 3, 5