Regardless of whether you need to construct a little house or a major cabin proper material is what we need. A little extension or a goliath ocean connect, understanding the flexible properties of materials is the key. You probably know that there are some items that you can extend without any problem. Suppose an elastic band. In any case, would you be able to extend an iron pole? Stress can assist us with speculating the quality of solids.

In continuum mechanics, stress is an actual amount that communicates the inward forces that neighbouring particles of a persistent material apply on one another. While a strain is the proportion of the twisting of the material. For instance, when a strong vertical bar is supporting an overhead weight. Every molecule in the bar pushes on the particles promptly underneath it. At the point when a fluid is in a shut holder under tension, every molecule gets pushed against by all the encompassing particles.

The holder dividers and the weight prompting surface, (for example, a cylinder) push against them in (Newtonian) response. These naturally visible powers are really the net aftereffect of an exceptionally huge number of intermolecular powers. Later crashes between the particles in those atoms. Stress is much of the time spoke to by a lowercase Greek letter sigma \(\sigma\).


Introduction to Stress

Stress is the force across a “small” boundary per unit area of that boundary. It is for all directions of the limit. Being gotten from a crucial actual amount of force and a simply geometrical quantity (region), stress is additionally a fundamental quantity. Similar to speed, force or energy, that we can evaluate. It is investigated without unequivocal thought of the idea of the material or of its actual causes.

Following the fundamental premises of continuum mechanics, stress is a naturally visible idea. In particular, the particles considered in its definition and investigation should be sufficiently little. It should be treated as homogeneous in organization and state. Yet at the same time huge enough to disregard quantum impacts and the point by point movements of atoms.

Subsequently, the force between two particles is the normal of an exceptionally huge number of nuclear forces between their atoms and actual amounts like mass, speed, and powers. Its demonstration through the majority of three-dimensional bodies, similar to gravity, are thought to be easily disseminated over them. Contingent upon the unique situation, one may likewise expect that the particles are sufficiently huge to permit the averaging out of other infinitesimal highlights. Similar to the grains of a metal bar or the filaments of a bit of wood.

Units of Stress

The dimension of stress is that of force, and subsequently, its coordinates are commonly measured in similar units as force, namely, pascals (Pa, that is, newtons per square metre) in the International System. Even pounds per square inch (psi) in the Imperial framework. Because mechanical stresses easily exceed a million Pascals, MPa, which stands for megapascal, is a common unit of stress.

Stress is defined as “The restoring force per unit area of the material”. It is a tensor quantity. Denoted by Greek letter \(\sigma\). Measured using Pascal or \(\frac{N}{m^{2}}\). Mathematically,

\(\sigma = \frac{F}{A}\)


  • F is the restoring force measured in Newton or N.
  • A is the area of cross-section measured in \(m^{2}\).
  • \(\sigma\) is the stress measured using \(\frac{N}{m^{2}}\) or Pa.

Types of Stress

There are a few kinds of stress in material science however primarily it is arranged into two structures that are Normal Stress and Tangential or Shearing Stress. Some stress types are:

Normal Stress

As the name recommends, Stress is supposed to be Normal force when the bearing of the misshaping force is opposite to the cross-sectional zone of the body. The length of the wire or the volume of the body changes force will be at ordinary. Normal stress can be additionally arranged into two kinds depending on the element of force. They are:-

  • Longitudinal stress
  • Bulk Stress or Volumetric stress

Longitudinal Stress

Think about a cylinder. At the point when two cross-sectional territories of the cylinder are exposed to rise to equal and inverse force experienced by the cylinder is called longitudinal force.

Longitudinal Stress = \(\frac{Deforming Force}{Area of cross-section }\)= \(\frac{F}{A}\)

As the name proposes, When the body is under longitudinal stress

  • The disfiguring force will be acting along the length of the body.
  • Longitudinal stress brings about the adjustment in the length of the body, Hence, subsequently, it influences slight change in width.

The Longitudinal Stress either stretch the article or pack the item along its length. Subsequently, it very well may be additionally grouped into two sorts dependent on the course of misshaping force. They are:-

  • Tensile stress
  • Compressive stress

Tensile Stress

If the deforming force or applied force results brings about the expansion in the item’s length then the subsequent force is named as Tensile Stress. For instance: When a pole or wire is extended by pulling it with equivalent and inverse forces(outwards) at the two ends.

Compressive Stress

If the deforming force or applied force brings about the decline in the item’s length then the subsequent force is compressive stress. For instance: When a bar or wire is compacted/just barely gotten by pushing it with equivalent and inverse forces(inwards) at the two closures. This is the shearing stress or tangential stress. This results in the change in the shape of the body.

Bulk Stress or Volume Stress

At the point when the disfiguring force or applied power acts from all measurement. It brings about the difference in the volume of the item at that point such force is the volumetric force or Bulk stress. To put it plainly, When the volume of body changes because of the misshaping drive it is the Volume stress.

Shearing Stress or Tangential Stress

At the point when the heading of the deforming force or external force corresponds to the cross-sectional region. The stress experienced by the object is called shearing stress or tangential stress. This outcome is the change in the shape of the body.

FAQs about Stress

Q.1. What is the effect of deforming force?

Answer: If a deforming force is applied on a body, it changes its configuration subsequently changing the ordinary arrangement of the molecules. Because of this, the internal restoring force comes into action. This force tends to bring the body back to its initial configuration of underlying setup.

Q.2. What is the nature of the restoring force?

Answer: In physics, the restoring force is a force which acts to take a body to its equilibrium position. The restoring force is a function of the position of the mass particle or constituent. It is constantly directed back toward the equilibrium position of the system. The restoring force is often referred to in simple harmonic motion.

Q.3. Define tangential or shear stress

Answer: When force is applied and the direction of the deforming force or external force is parallel to the cross-sectional area. The stress experienced by the object is called shearing stress or tangential stress.

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