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The compressive stress required to cause a solid to fail by fracture; in essence, it is the resistance of the solid to vertical pressure placed upon it.



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COMPRESSIVE STRENGTH

The maximum compressive stress a material can withstand without failure.

ELASTORESISTANCE

The change in a material's electrical resistance as it undergoes a stress within its elastic limit.

DIAMOND-HINMAN RADIOSONDE

A variable audio-modulated radiosonde used by United States weather services; the carrier signal from the radiosonde is modulated by audio signals determined by the electrical resistance of the humidityand temperature-transducing elements and by fixed reference resistors; the modulating signals are transmitted in a fixed sequence at predetermined pressure levels by means of a baroswitch.

CAKING

Changing of a powder into a solid through which the heating fluid circulates in an evaporator. calandria evaporator See short-tube vertical evaporator.

ELASTIC BODY

A solid body for which the additional deformation produced by an increment of stress completely disappears when the increment is removed. Also known as elastic solid.

FLEMING CRACKING PROCESS

An obsolete liquid-phase thermal cracking process for heavy petroleum fractions; the charge was heated under pressure in a vertical shell still.

BALANCED REINFORCEMENT

An amount and distribution of steel reinforcement in a flexural reinforced concrete member such that the allowable tensile stress in the steel and the allowable compressive stress in the concrete are attained simultaneously.

PRESSURE DROP

Resistance to flow created by the element (media) in a filter or other equipment. Defined as the difference in pressure upstream (inlet side of the unit) and downstream (outlet side of the unit).

DRY FRICTION

Resistance between two dry solid surfaces, that is, surfaces free from contaminating films or fluids.

INELASTIC BUCKLING

Sudden increase of deflection or twist in a column when compressive stress reaches the elastic limit but before elastic buckling develops.

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