# How to Calculate and Solve for Bulk Modulus of Elasticity (E) | Rock Mechanics

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To compute for bulk modulus of elasticity (E), two essential parameters are needed and these parameters are young’s modulus (E) and Poisson’s ratio (v).

The formula for calculating the bulk modulus of elasticity (E):

k = E / 3(1 – 2v)

Where:

k = Bulk Modulus of Elasticity (E)
E = Young’s Modulus
v = Poisson’s Ratio

Let’s solve an example;
Find the bulk modulus of elasticity (E) when the young’s modulus is 66 and the Poisson’s ratio is 58.

This implies that;

E = Young’s Modulus = 66
v = Poisson’s Ratio = 58

k = E / 3(1 – 2v)
k = 66 / 3(1 – 2(58))
k = 66 / 3(1 – 116)
k = 66 / 3(-115)
k = 66 / -345
k = -0.19

Therefore, the bulk modulus of elasticity (E) is -0.19.

Calculating the Young’s Modulus when the Bulk Modulus of Elasticity (E) and the Poisson’s Ratio is Given.

E = k (3 – 6v)

Where:

E = Young’s Modulus
k = Bulk Modulus of Elasticity (E)
v = Poisson’s Ratio

Let’s solve an example;
Find the young’s modulus when the bulk modulus of elasticity (E) is 22 and the Poisson’s ratio is 18.

This implies that;

k = Bulk Modulus of Elasticity (E) = 22
v = Poisson’s Ratio = 18

E = k (3 – 6v)
E = 22 (3 – 6(18))
E = 22 (3 – 108)
E = 22 (-105)
E = -2376

Therefore, the young’s modulus is -2376.

Calculating the Poisson’s Ratio when the Bulk Modulus of Elasticity (E) and the Young’s Modulus is Given.

v = -(E – 3k / 6k)

Where:

v = Poisson’s Ratio
k = Bulk Modulus of Elasticity (E)
E = Young’s Modulus

Let’s solve an example;
Find the Poisson’s ratio when the bulk modulus of elasticity (E) is 12 and the young’s modulus is 40.

This implies that;

k = Bulk Modulus of Elasticity (E) = 12
E = Young’s Modulus = 40

v = -(E – 3k / 6k)
v = -(40 – 3(12) / 6(12))
v = -(40 – 36 / 72)
v = -(4 / 72)
v = -(0.055)
v  = -0.055

Therefore, the Poisson’s ratio is -0.055.

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Now, Click on Rock Mechanics under Geology

Now, Click on Bulk Modulus of Elasticity (E) under Rock Mechanics

The screenshot below displays the page or activity to enter your values, to get the answer for the bulk modulus of elasticity (E) according to the respective parameters which are the young’s modulus (E) and Poisson’s ratio (v).

Now, enter the values appropriately and accordingly for the parameters as required by the young’s modulus (E) is 66 and Poisson’s ratio (v) is 58.

Finally, Click on Calculate

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