Difference between young’s modulus, bulk modulus and shear modulus

The basic difference between young’s modulus, bulk modulus, and shear modulus is that Young’s modulus is the ratio of tensile stress to tensile strain, the bulk modulus is the ratio of volumetric stress to volumetric strain and shear modulus is the ratio of shear stress to shear strain.

Young’s modulus

The ratio of tensile stress to tensile strain is called young’s modulus.

Young’s modulus formula

young's modulus formula
young’s modulus formula

See also: Difference between stress and strain

Bulk modulus

For three-dimensional deformation, when the volume is involved, then the ratio of applied stress to volumetric strain is called Bulk modulus. Mathematically it is expressed as:

Bulk modulus formula

Bulk modulus formula

Where ΔV is the change in original volume V.

Shear modulus

The ratio of shear stress and shear strain is called shear modulus. Mathematically it is expressed as:

Shear modulus formula

shear modulus formula

Elastic constants for some of the materials are given in the table:

Material Young’s modulus
Bulk modulus
Shear modulus
Aluminum 70 70 30
Bone 15 80
Copper 110 140 44
Diamond 1120  540  450
 Glass  55 31 23
Steel 200 160 84
Tungsten 390 200 150
Water 0 2.2 0
Lead 15 7.7 5.6

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