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## Hooke's law
In physics, Hooke's law is named after the 17
For systems that obey Hooke's law, the extension produced is directly proportional to the load: where -
*x*is the distance that the spring has been stretched or compressed away from the equilibrium position, which is the position where the spring would naturally come to rest [usually in meters], -
*F*is the restoring force exerted by the material [usually in newtons], and -
*k*is the**force constant**(or**spring constant**). The constant has units of force per unit length (usually in newtons per meter).
When this holds, we say that the behavior is linear. If shown on a graph, the line should show a direct variation. There is a negative sign on the right hand side of the equation because the restoring force always acts in the opposite direction of the ## Additional recommended knowledge
## Elastic materialsObjects that quickly regain their original shape after being deformed by a stress, with the molecules or atoms of their material returning to the initial state of stable equilibrium, often obey Hooke's law. We may view a rod of any elastic material as a linear spring. The rod has length or Hooke's law only holds for some materials under certain loading conditions. Steel exhibits linear-elastic behavior in most engineering applications; Hooke's law is valid for it throughout its Rubber is generally regarded as a "non-hookean" material because its elasticity is stress dependent and sensitive to temperature and loading rate. Applications of the law include spring operated weighing machines, stress analysis and modeling of materials. ## The spring equation
The most commonly encountered form of Hooke's law is probably the The negative sign indicates that the force exerted by the spring is in direct opposition to the direction of displacement. It is called a "restoring force", as it tends to restore the system to equilibrium. The potential energy stored in a spring is given by which comes from adding up the energy it takes to incrementally compress the spring. That is, the integral of force over distance. (Note that potential energy of a spring is always positive.) This potential can be visualized as a parabola on the If a mass - radians per second (angular frequency)
or - hertz (cycles per second)
where ν is frequency (the symbol is the Greek character nu and not the letter v) since . ## Multiple springsWhen two springs are attached to a mass and compressed, the following table compares values of the springs.
## DerivationEquivalent Spring Constant (Series)
Deriving To begin, we'll also define the equilibrium position of the point between the two springs to be The force on the block is Meanwhile, the force on the point between the two springs is Now, when the block is pushed so the springs are compressed and the system is allowed to come to equilibrium, the force between the springs must sum to zero, so with so Now we just plug this back into (1): Finally, the force on the block has been found: So we can define everything in the parenthesis to be Which can also be written: Equivalent Spring Constant (Parallel)
Both springs are touching the block in this case, and whatever distance spring 1 is compressed has to be the same amount spring 2 is compressed. The force on the block is then: So the force on the block is Which is why we can define the equivalent spring constant as Compressed Distance
In the case where two springs are in series, the magnitude of the force of the springs on each other are equal: For spring 1, x Plug these definitions into the force equation, and we'll get a relationship between the compresed distances for the Energy Stored
For the but a there is a relationship between a For the because the compressed distance of the springs is the same, this simplifies to ## Tensor expression of Hooke's LawWhen working with a three-dimensional stress state, a 4 _{ij}) and the strain tensor (or Green tensor) (ε_{kl}).
Due to the symmetry of the stress tensor, strain tensor, and stiffness tensor, only 21 elastic coefficients are independent. As stress is measured in units of pressure and strain is dimensionless, the entries of Generalization for the case of large deformations is provided by models of neo-Hookean solids and Mooney-Rivlin solids. ## Isotropic materials(see viscosity for an analogous development for viscous fluids.) Isotropic materials are characterized by properties which are independent of direction in space. Physical equations involving isotropic materials must therefore be independent of the coordinate system chosen to represent them. The strain tensor is a symmetric tensor. Since the trace of any tensor is independent of coordinate system, the most complete coordinate-free decomposition of a symmetric tensor is to represent it as the sum of a constant tensor and a traceless symmetric tensor. (Symon (1971) Ch. 10) Thus: where δ The most general form of Hooke's law for isotropic materials may now be written as a linear combination of these two tensors: where Using the relationships between the elastic moduli, these equations may also be expressed in various other ways. For example, the strain may be expressed in terms of the stress tensor as: where Derivation of Hooke's law in 3D
The 3-D form of Hooke's law can be derived using Poisson's ratio and the 1-D form of Hooke's law as follows. Consider the strain and stress relation as a superposition of two effects: stretching in direction of the load (1) and shrinking (caused by the load) in perpendicular directions (2 and 3), - ,
- ,
- ,
where ν is the Poisson's ratio and - ,
- ,
- ,
and - ,
- ,
- .
Summing the three cases together () we get or by adding and subtracting one νσ and further we get by solving σ - .
Calculating the sum and substituting it to the equation solved for σ - ,
- ,
where μ and λ are the Lamé parameters. Similar treatment of directions 2 and 3 gives the Hooke's law in three dimensions. ## Zero-length springs"Zero-length spring" is the standard term for a spring that exerts zero force when it has zero length. In practice this is done by combining a spring with "negative" length (in which the coils press together when the spring is relaxed) with an extra length of inelastic material. This type of spring was developed in 1932 by Lucien LaCoste for use in a vertical seismograph. A spring with zero length can be attached to a mass on a hinged boom in such a way that the force on the mass is almost exactly balanced by the vertical component of the force from the spring, whatever the position of the boom. This creates a pendulum with very long period. Long-period pendulums enable seismometers to sense the slowest waves from earthquakes. The LaCoste suspension with zero-length springs is also used in gravimeters because it is very sensitive to changes in gravity. Springs for closing doors are often made to have roughly zero length so that they will exert force even when the door is almost closed, so it will close firmly. ## See also- Elastic limit
- Elastic potential energy
- Scientific laws named after people
- Solid mechanics
## References**^**The acronym was "ceiiinossssttuu", [1]; cf. the anagram for the Catenary, which appeared in the preceding paragraph.
- A.C. Ugural, S.K. Fenster,
*Advanced Strength and Applied Elasticity*, 4th ed
Categories: Continuum mechanics | Solid mechanics |
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