Hearmon, R. F. S. Formerly, Timber Mechanics Section, Forest Products Research Laboratory, Princes Risborough, Bucks, United Kingdom.
Last reviewed:January 2020
- Elastic constants
- Theory of elasticity
- Hooke's law generalized
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The property whereby a solid material changes its shape and size under the action of opposing forces, but recovers its original configuration when the forces are removed. The theory of elasticity deals with the relations between the forces acting on a body and the resulting changes in configuration, and is important in many branches of science and technology, for instance, in the design of structures, in the theory of vibration and sound, and in the study of the forces between atoms in crystal lattices.
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