Ramberg-Osgood relationship

Ramberg-Osgood relationship

The Ramberg-Osgood equation was created to describe the non linear relationship between stress and strain—that is, the stress-strain curve—in materials near their yield points. It is especially useful for metals that "harden" with plastic deformation (see strain hardening), showing a "smooth" elastic-plastic transition. In its original form, it says that

::: epsilon = frac{sigma}{E} + K left(frac{sigma}{E} ight)^n,Ramberg, W., & Osgood, W. R. (1943). Description of stress-strain curves by three parameters. "Technical Note No. 902", National Advisory Committee For Aeronautics, Washington DC. [http://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/19930081614_1993081614.pdf] ]

where: epsilon is strain,: sigma is stress,: E is Young's modulus, and: K and n are constants that depend on the material being considered.

The first term on the right side, {sigma}/{E},, is equal to the elastic part of the strain, while the second term, K({sigma}/{E})^n, accounts for the plastic part, the parameters K and n describing the "hardening behavior" of the material. Introducing the "yield strength" of the material, sigma_0, and defining a new parameter, alpha, related to K as alpha = K ({sigma_0}/{E})^{n-1},, it is convenient to rewrite the term on the extreme right side as follows:

::: K left(frac{sigma}{E} ight)^n = alpha frac{sigma_0}{E} left(frac{sigma}{sigma_0} ight)^n

Replacing in the first expression, the Ramberg-Osgood equation can be written as

::: epsilon = frac{sigma}{E} + alpha frac{sigma_0}{E} left(frac{sigma}{sigma_0} ight)^n

Hardening behavior and Yield offset

In the last form of the Ramberg-Osgood model, the "hardening behavior" of the material depends on the material constants alpha, and n,. Due to the power-law relationship between stress and plastic strain, the Ramberg-Osgood model implies that plastic strain is present even for very low levels of stress. Nevertheless, for low applied stresses and for the commonly used values of the material constants alpha and n, the plastic strain remains negligible compared to the elastic strain. On the other hand, for stress levels higher than sigma_0, plastic strain becomes progressively larger than elastic strain.

The value alpha frac{sigma_0}{E} can be seen as a "yield offset", as shown in figure 1. This comes from the fact that epsilon = (1+alpha)sigma_0}/{E,, when sigma = sigma_0,.

Accordingly (see Figure 1):: "elastic strain at yield" = sigma_0}/{E,: "plastic strain at yield" = alpha({sigma_0}/E), = "yield offset"

Commonly used values for n, are ~5 or greater, although more precise values are usually obtained by fitting of tensile (or compressive) experimental data. Values for alpha, can also be found by means of fitting to experimental data, although for some materials, it can be fixed in order to have the "yield offset" equal to the accepted value of strain of 0.2%, which means:

::: alpha frac{sigma_0}{E} = 0,002


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