Material Property Terminology Tutorial

If you do a web search on the difference between various terms in materials engineering, you will encounter a mind-boggling array of misinformation. The following infographic summarizes basic differences between the following terms: stiffness, compliance, yield strength, rupture strength, ultimate strength, hardening, softening, ductility, rupture strain, resilience, and toughness.  Of course no real stress-strain diagram looks like any of these, but the sketches are exaggerated to help illustrate the terminology.

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