Modulus of elasticity

The modulus of elasticity is a frequently required material parameter in the static calculation of components. If a tensile force acts on a solid body, it reacts with a change in length. Inner forces are created in the body, which reverse the change in length as soon as the external pulling force ceases. If the size of the tensile force lies below a material-dependent limit value, the force and change in length are proportional to one another. This relationship is known as Hooke’s Law.

In order to achieve comparable results, the tensile force is related to the cross-sectional area of ​​the unloaded component. The quotient of force and cross section is the tension.

The change in length is related to the length of the unloaded component for the same reason. The quotient of the length increase and the original length is the elongation.

The ratio of stress to strain is called E modulus. The value is given in the unit of measure N / m². This unit of measurement is mathematically consistent with the unit of measure Pascal used for the physical size of pressure. In some tables, this unit of measurement is also used for the modulus of elasticity.

The determination of the modulus of elasticity takes place in the context of a tensile test. In the tensile test, a specimen is loaded with precisely defined dimensions by a growing tensile force until the specimen tears. The result is a characteristic of the material stress-strain diagram. From the curve in this diagram, the modulus of elasticity and the tensile strength can be calculated. Further characteristics are the elastic limit, the elongation at break and the fracture constriction.

The conditions for the tensile test are specified in different standards for the different material groups. It is taken into account that, for example, metals, plastics, adhesives or textile fibers react differently to tensile stresses.

Applications with elastic modulus

Application: Analysing organic additives in cement-mortar

Analysing organic additives in cement-mortar

Introduction and application: Cement-mortar will often modify with organic Additives (Polymer) for service applications, e.g. optimize adhesion to the underground, to decrease the Elasticity modulus of the harden mortar respectively to increase elasticity.
Main components of the additives are thermoplastic Polymer or mixture of Polymers. A quality check of polymermodified mortar PCC (Polymer Cement Concrete) enclose the identification and the quantification of the organic additives in the dry mixture and also in the harden mortar.

Analysis using IR-spectroscopie: For the identification organic additives were used the υ-C-H-oscillate (2840 – 3110 cm-1), because below 1700 cm-1 incidence inorganic group-vibrations.

Application: Evaluation of elastromer sample

Evaluation of elastromer samples

Introduction and application: An Elastomer is a polymer with the property of elasticity. The long polymer chains cross-link during curing. The molecular structure of elastomers can be imagines as a ‘spaghetti and meatball’ structure, with the meatballs signifying cross-links. The elasticity is derived from the ability of the long chains to reconfigure themselves to distribute an applied stress. The covalent cross-linkages ensure that the elastomer will return to is original configuration when the stress is removed. Their primary uses are for seals, adhesives and moulded flexible parts.

Analysis using TMA: In the picture you can se an Elastomer that was specifically developed for use at  temperatures above 0 °C. The glass point is at 29,9 °C. If the temperature is further increased an additional dilatation of the material in the elastic range is visible. The plastic range of the material is hereby not yet reached.