Determination of the microscale stress-strain curve and strain gradient effect from the micro-bend of ultra-thin beams

Z. F. Shi, B. Huang, H. Tan, Yonggang Huang*, T. Y. Zhang, P. D. Wu, K. C. Hwang, H. Gao

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A simple method is established to determine the microscale uniaxial stress-strain curve from the load and deflection data for a doubly clamped beam. The method is based on the fact that, for beam deflection much larger than the beam thickness, the axial stretching dominates the deformation in the doubly clamped beam and the doubly clamped beam behaves like a simple plastic hinge. The microscale uniaxial stress-strain curve, together with the cantilever beam experiments, is used to determine the strain gradient effect in Au thin beams. The effect of finite rotation is also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1606-1624
Number of pages19
JournalInternational journal of plasticity
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2008



  • Microscale uniaxial stress-strain curve
  • Strain gradient effect
  • Thin beam

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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