photoelasticity meaning

  "photoelasticity" in a sentence
  • noun
      The property of certain solids of exhibiting optical changes due to compression or other stresses

  • [Electronics]
    The tendency for the light-transmission characteristics of a substance to change with externally applied forces.


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  1. This can be utilized in the determination of stresses in structures using photoelasticity.
  2. Stress from mounting can introduce aberration in the light reflected from a mirror, or photoelasticity inside a lens.
  3. Through this practice he discovered photoelasticity, which is a means of determining the stress distribution within physical structures.
  4. The polarization of the photoluminescence is related to the strain in a material by way of the given material's photoelasticity tensor.
  5. This led to the development of dynamic photoelasticity, which has contributed greatly to the study of complex phenomena such as fracture of materials.

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