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Yield Strength

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Stainless Steel Yield Strength

Yield strength is defined as the property of a material and the amount of stress corresponding to a yield point where the material automatically begins to disfigure and takes a plastic form. The yield strength is used to find out the extreme allowable load that a mechanical component can bear. It represents the upper limit of the force that can be applied to a material without resulting in its permanent deformation. Yielding is, thus, a failure mode and is not catastrophic. Like the tensile strength, the yield strength is calculated in Pascals (Pa) or Megapascals (MPa). The yield strength of mild steel is approximately 250 MPa. 

Strength Tensile 

Tensile strength refers to the measurement of a force that is needed to pull an object like a structural beam, wire, or rope to the extreme point where it eventually breaks. The tensile or yield strength of a material is the highest amount of tensile stress that it can take before breaking into small pieces. Tensile ultimate strength refers to the highest stress that a material can withstand before breaking down. 

Steel Tensile Strength 

Tensile, by its meaning, refers to the ability of steel drawn out. Tensile strength is the resistance power of the steel to break under the tensile strain. It is used in specifying the point where the steel transforms from an elastic form to a plastic form. It is usually measured in the unit of force per cross-section of an area. Once the steel is pulled from its stress point, it splits apart. 

Tensile Strength of Mild Steel

Tensile strength is the maximum amount of stress that any material can withstand when pulled or stretched. Any tensile strength undergoes a test that includes taking samples of a material with a fixed area of the cross-section by putting it inside a tensometer that increases its force till it breaks. 

Few materials break down without deforming, while materials that are more ductile, stretch only a little and shrink at a point where stress is extreme. Tensile strength is thus measured as a force per unit of the area measured in Pascal, pounds per square inch, or Megapascal. 

Thus, mild steel is a less ductile material because it has small amounts of hardening alloy and carbon than other steels. It has a relatively slow tensile strength of 400MPa.

Yield Stress of Steel 

Yield strength refers to the extreme strength that is applied to an object before it results in changing the shape and structure of the object. The strength of any material is determined by a test called the tensile test. In this test, the particular material is stressed and pulled strongly from both directions. From this test, a graph can be drawn that can also be called a stress-strain graph. 

The Stress-Strain Graph has some particular features. These include the following:

The graph has a different region or points such as:

  • Proportional limit

  • Elastic limit

  • Yield point

  • Ultimate stress point

  • Breaking or fracture point

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1. Proportional Limit: This is the place in the stress-strain curve where Hooke’s Law is maintained. Thus, the ratio of the stress about the strain gives a proportionality constant that is called Young’s modulus. The point OA in the stress-strain graph is known as the proportional limit.

2. Elastic Limit: This is the point where the particular material returns to the original point as soon as the load acting on the body is finally removed. After reaching this limit, the material does not return to the original point and thus a plastic deformation takes place on the material.

3. Yield Point: The yield point is the point where the material finally starts to deform in its state and generally turns into plastic. After the point is passed, a permanent deformation takes place in two forms. One can be a lower yield point and the other can be an upper yield point. 

4. Ultimate Stress Point: It is the final point that shows the maximum stress that the material can withstand before deforming. If the material goes beyond this point then failure occurs. 

5. Breaking or Fracture Point: It is the point that shows the failure of the material. 

Aluminium yield strength 

6061 aluminium alloy contains a yield tensile strength of 276 MPa (40000 psi) as well as an ultimate tensile strength of 310 MPa (45000 psi).

FAQs on Yield Strength

1. Mention a Few Factors that Affect the Tensile Strength of a Material.

Ans. The most important property of a material is its tensile strength properties. It contributes to the quality of the material. Few factors responsible for the increase and decrease of the tensile strength are:

1. Molecular structure 

The molecular structure greatly affects the tensile strength and is responsible for all the intermolecular forces formed inside the material. The change in the molecular structure results in the change of the material strength.

2. b-Temperature 

Temperature also affects the tensile strength of a material as high temperature can make it softer and low temperature can make it harder. The malleability and ductility of a material increase with an increase in temperature. Temperature also changes the molecular structure of a material. 

2. Differentiate Between Yield Strength and Ultimate Strength.


Yield Strength 

Ultimate Strength

Yield strength refers to the maximum stress that a material can withstand while deformation. 

Ultimate strength is the maximum strength that any solid material is able to withstand before failure.

It is referred to as the stress that corresponds to the yield point in the stress-strain graph under any tensile loading.

It is referred to as the stress that is correspondence to ultimate tensile strength in the curve below tensile loading.

Brittle material does not have yield strength. 

It is considered a failure-criteria for brittle material.

Yield strength is less in ductile material.

Ultimate strength is higher in ductile material.

It is used in designing structures that are made from ductile materials.

Ultimate tensile strength is used as an important parameter for metal forming.

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