Shear modulus
Shear modulus  

Common symbols

G 
SI unit  pascal 
Derivations from
other quantities 
G = τ / γ 
In materials science, shear modulus or modulus of rigidity, denoted by G, or sometimes S or μ, is defined as the ratio of shear stress to the shear strain:^{1}
where
 = shear stress;
 is the force which acts
 is the area on which the force acts
 in engineering, = shear strain. Elsewhere,
 is the transverse displacement
 is the initial length
Shear modulus' derived SI unit is the pascal (Pa), although it is usually expressed in gigapascals (GPa) or in thousands of pounds per square inch (ksi). Its dimensional form is M^{1}L^{−1}T^{−2}.
The shear modulus is always positive.
Contents
Explanation
Material  Typical values for shear modulus (GPa) (at room temperature) 

Diamond^{2}  478.0 
Steel^{3}  79.3 
Copper^{4}  44.7 
Titanium^{3}  41.4 
Glass^{3}  26.2 
Aluminium^{3}  25.5 
Polyethylene^{3}  0.117 
Rubber^{5}  0.0006 
The shear modulus is one of several quantities for measuring the stiffness of materials. All of them arise in the generalized Hooke's law:
 Young's modulus describes the material's response to uniaxial stress (like pulling on the ends of a wire or putting a weight on top of a column),
 the bulk modulus describes the material's response to uniform pressure (like the pressure at the bottom of the ocean or a deep swimming pool)
 the shear modulus describes the material's response to shear stress (like cutting it with dull scissors).
The shear modulus is concerned with the deformation of a solid when it experiences a force parallel to one of its surfaces while its opposite face experiences an opposing force (such as friction). In the case of an object that's shaped like a rectangular prism, it will deform into a parallelepiped. Anisotropic materials such as wood, paper and also essentially all single crystals exhibit differing material response to stress or strain when tested in different directions. In this case one may need to use the full tensorexpression of the elastic constants, rather than a single scalar value.
One possible definition of a fluid would be a material with zero shear modulus.
Waves
In homogeneous and isotropic solids, there are two kinds of waves, pressure waves and shear waves. The velocity of a shear wave, is controlled by the shear modulus,
where
 G is the shear modulus
 is the solid's density.
Shear modulus of metals
The shear modulus of metals is usually observed to decrease with increasing temperature. At high pressures, the shear modulus also appears to increase with the applied pressure. Correlations between the melting temperature, vacancy formation energy, and the shear modulus have been observed in many metals.^{9}
Several models exist that attempt to predict the shear modulus of metals (and possibly that of alloys). Shear modulus models that have been used in plastic flow computations include:
 the MTS shear modulus model developed by^{10} and used in conjunction with the Mechanical Threshold Stress (MTS) plastic flow stress model.^{11}^{12}
 the SteinbergCochranGuinan (SCG) shear modulus model developed by^{13} and used in conjunction with the SteinbergCochranGuinanLund (SCGL) flow stress model.
 the Nadal and LePoac (NP) shear modulus model^{8} that uses Lindemann theory to determine the temperature dependence and the SCG model for pressure dependence of the shear modulus.
MTS shear modulus model
The MTS shear modulus model has the form:
where µ_{0} is the shear modulus at 0 K, and D and T_{0} are material constants.
SCG shear modulus model
The SteinbergCochranGuinan (SCG) shear modulus model is pressure dependent and has the form
where, µ_{0} is the shear modulus at the reference state (T = 300 K, p = 0, η = 1), p is the pressure, and T is the temperature.
NP shear modulus model
The NadalLe Poac (NP) shear modulus model is a modified version of the SCG model. The empirical temperature dependence of the shear modulus in the SCG model is replaced with an equation based on Lindemann melting theory. The NP shear modulus model has the form:
where
and µ_{0} is the shear modulus at 0 K and ambient pressure, ζ is a material parameter, k_{b} is the Boltzmann constant, m is the atomic mass, and f is the Lindemann constant.
See also
References
 ^ IUPAC, Compendium of Chemical Terminology, 2nd ed. (the "Gold Book") (1997). Online corrected version: (2006–) "shear modulus, G".
 ^ McSkimin, H.J.; Andreatch, P. (1972). "Elastic Moduli of Diamond as a Function of Pressure and Temperature". J. Appl. Phys. 43 (7): 2944–2948. Bibcode:1972JAP....43.2944M. doi:10.1063/1.1661636.
 ^ ^{a} ^{b} ^{c} ^{d} ^{e} Crandall, Dahl, Lardner (1959). An Introduction to the Mechanics of Solids. Boston: McGrawHill. ISBN 0070134413.
 ^ Material properties
 ^ Spanos, Pete (2003). "Cure system effect on low temperature dynamic shear modulus of natural rubber". Rubber World.
 ^ Shear modulus calculation of glasses
 ^ Overton, W.; Gaffney, John (1955). "Temperature Variation of the Elastic Constants of Cubic Elements. I. Copper". Physical Review 98 (4): 969. Bibcode:1955PhRv...98..969O. doi:10.1103/PhysRev.98.969.
 ^ ^{a} ^{b} Nadal, MarieHélène; Le Poac, Philippe (2003). "Continuous model for the shear modulus as a function of pressure and temperature up to the melting point: Analysis and ultrasonic validation". Journal of Applied Physics 93 (5): 2472. Bibcode:2003JAP....93.2472N. doi:10.1063/1.1539913.
 ^ March, N. H., (1996), Electron Correlation in Molecules and Condensed Phases, Springer, ISBN 0306448440 p. 363
 ^ Varshni, Y. (1970). "Temperature Dependence of the Elastic Constants". Physical Review B 2 (10): 3952. Bibcode:1970PhRvB...2.3952V. doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.2.3952.
 ^ Chen, Shuh Rong; Gray, George T. (1996). "Constitutive behavior of tantalum and tantalumtungsten alloys". Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A 27 (10): 2994. Bibcode:1996MMTA...27.2994C. doi:10.1007/BF02663849.
 ^ Goto, D. M.; Garrett, R. K.; Bingert, J. F.; Chen, S. R.; Gray, G. T. (2000). "The mechanical threshold stress constitutivestrength model description of HY100 steel". Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A 31 (8): 1985–1996. doi:10.1007/s1166100002268.
 ^ Guinan, M; Steinberg, D (1974). "Pressure and temperature derivatives of the isotropic polycrystalline shear modulus for 65 elements". Journal of Physics and Chemistry of Solids 35 (11): 1501. Bibcode:1974JPCS...35.1501G. doi:10.1016/S00223697(74)802787.

Conversion formulas  

Homogeneous isotropic linear elastic materials have their elastic properties uniquely determined by any two moduli among these; thus, given any two, any other of the elastic moduli can be calculated according to these formulas.  
Notes  
There are two valid solutions. 

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