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Stress-Strain Curve Ramberg-Osgood Equations and Calculator

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Stress-Strain Calculator and Plotted Curve Approximation using Ramberg-Osgood Equation:

The Ramberg–Osgood equation is used to approximate the non linear relationship between stress and strain, the stress–strain curve in materials near their yield points. It is especially applicable to metals that harden with plastic deformation, showing a smooth elastic-plastic transition.

The stress-strain curve may be approximated using the Ramberg-Osgood equation, which calculates the total strain (elastic and plastic) as a function of stress:

Preview: Stress-Strain Curve Calculator Results and Plotted Stress-Strain Curve

ε = σ / E + os ( σ / σy )1/n

where σ is the value of stress, E is the elastic modulus of the material, σy is the tensile yield strength of the material, and n is the strain hardening exponent of the material which can be calculated based on the provided inputs. os is the % offset of the yield stress which is can be assumed to be 0.2% of 0.002..

Based on the specified material properties, the value of the strain hardening exponent, n, is:

n = log (σ2 / σ1 ) / log (ε21 ) strain hardening exponent


n = log(Stu / Sty ) / log(εfp )

εp = .002

Strain Values at Yield and Ultimate Strength Points
The strain value associated with the yield strength is:

εyield = σy / E + os

Note that a plastic strain of os = 0.002 is assumed. This is consistent with the 0.2% offset method.

The strain value associated with the ultimate strength is:

εult = Stu / E + εf

where ef is the plastic strain at failure and is simply the percent elongation expressed in decimal form:

ef = eL / 100%


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