Compressive Stress: Definition, Formula & Maximum


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If you have a 2-inch-by-2-inch post and you apply 8 pounds of force to the post, what is the amount of compressive stress it is under?

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1. If I know my material's maximum for compressive stress is 100 pounds of force, and I subject a 5-inch-by-5-inch post to 2,600 pounds of pressure, what will happen?

2. The formula for compressive stress is:

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The purpose of the quiz and printable worksheet is to check your understanding of compressive stress. You will need to know how this stress is calculated in order to do well on the multiple-choice quiz.

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  • The formula for compressive stress
  • Why compressive stress is important to know in architecture
  • Calculating compressive stress in different examples

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  • Examples of compressive stress
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