elastic hysteresis

elastic hysteresis

[i′las·tik ‚his·tə′rē·səs]
(mechanics)
Phenomenon exhibited by some solids in which the deformation of the solid depends not only on the stress applied to the solid but also on the previous history of this stress; analogous to magnetic hysteresis, with magnetic field strength and magnetic induction replaced by stress and strain respectively.
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The latter is similar to that of materials exhibiting elastic hysteresis. In this case, only the first loading (i.e., the ascending branch of the first cycle) is unique; subsequent loadings and unloadings overlap to an imposed precision.