Mechanical Properties of Steels...

Mechanical Properties of Steels The most important properties of steels which account for their widespread use are their mechanical properties. These properties include a combination of very high strength with the ability to bend rather than break. Different tests have been developed to describe the strength and ductility (a measure of bendability) of steels. A number of these tests which are used to describe the mechanical properties of steels are described below. Tensile testing Tensile testing of steel is a kind of a testing done for the evaluation of the strength of steels. A length of the steel material, usually a round cylindrical rod, is pulled apart in a machine that applies a known force, F. The machine has grips which are attached to the ends of the cylindrical steel rod, and the force is applied parallel to the axis of the rod, as shown schematically in Fig 1. As the force increases, the rod gets longer, and the change in length is represented as delta l (? l), where the symbol delta (?) means ‘a change in’ and the l refers to the original length of the rod. If a force of 50 kg is applied to two rods of the same steel material, where one is thin and the other thick then the thin rod elongate more. To compare their mechanical properties independent of rod diameter, the term ‘stress’ is used. Stress is simply the force divided by the cross-sectional area of the rod. When the same stress is applied to the thin and thick rods, they elongate the same amount, because the actual force applied to the thick rod is now larger than that applied to the thin rod by an amount proportional to its larger area. Because stress is force...