plastic deformation

noun
variants: or plastic flow

Definition of plastic deformation

: a permanent deformation or change in shape of a solid body without fracture under the action of a sustained force small changes in the density of crystals due to plastic deformation— Louise R. Smoluchowski plastic flow of crystalline rocksJournal of Geology

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“Plastic deformation.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plastic%20deformation. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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