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  • Print publication year: 2021
  • Online publication date: May 2021

1 - General Introduction

Summary

This brief introductory chapter outlines the broad coverage of the book and its intended contribution in the context of other available sources. It is recognized that there are many excellent books covering the “mechanics of materials,” often with a strong bias towards metals, but relatively few that are focused strongly on testing procedures designed to reveal details about how they deform plastically. There are in fact many subtleties concerning metal plasticity and the information about it obtainable via various types of test. No attempt is made in this chapter to convey any of these, but the scene is set in terms of outlining the absolute basics of elastic and plastic deformation.

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