Reply To: Elastic energy

  • Encyclios

    May 6, 2023 at 5:36 PM

    Properties of elastic potential energy

    The elastic potential energy is directly proportional to both the elastic constant \(k\) and the square of the spring stretching \(x\); so the potential elastic energy cannot be negative. The energy stored in a spring depends on the:

    • the shape of the spring;
    • how much the spring is deformed (stretched or compressed);
    • material’s elasticity of the spring;
    • the value of the spring constant, which defines the amount of force required to deform a spring by a certain length (the work done on the spring).