How to Calculate and Solve for Stiffness Performance Index | Material Selection

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To compute for stiffness performance index, two essential parameters are needed and these parameters are Shear Modulus (G) and Density (ρ).

The formula for calculating stiffness performance index:

P = √(G)/ρ

Where:

P = Stiffness Performance Index
G = Shear Modulus
ρ = Density

Let’s solve an example;
Find the stiffness performance index when the shear modulus is 36 and the density is 12.

This implies that;

G = Shear Modulus = 36
ρ = Density = 12

P = √(G)/ρ
P = √(36)/12
P = 6/12
P = 0.5

Therefore, the stiffness performance index is 0.5

Calculating the Shear Modulus when the Stiffness Performance Index and the Density is Given.

G = (P x ρ)2

Where:

G = Shear Modulus
P = Stiffness Performance Index
G = Shear Modulus= Stiffness Performance Index
ρ = Density

Let’s solve an example;
Find the shear modulus when the stiffness performance index is 25 and the density is 5.

This implies that;

P = Stiffness Performance Index = 25
ρ = Density = 5

G = (P x ρ)2
G = (25 x 5)2
G = 15,625

Therefore, the shear modulus is 15,625.

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