Elastic Potential Energy

Description

According to Hooke’s Law, Elastic potential energy is stored in a simple harmonic oscillator at position x,for example, the energy saved in an object that is stretched, compressed (compression is pressing objects together), twisted or bent. The elastic potential energy equation is used in calculations of positions of mechanical equilibrium. The energy is potential as it will be converted into another form of energy, such as kinetic. Forces applied to an elastic material transfer energy into the material which, upon yielding that energy to its surroundings, can recover its original shape.

Related formulas

Variables

USpring Potential Energy (J)
kSpring Force Constant (N/m)
xSpring Stretch Length (the displacement) (m)