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Common symbol(s):  G 
SI unit:  pascal 
Derivations from other quantities:  G = τ / γ 
Common symbol(s):  G 
SI unit:  pascal 
Derivations from other quantities:  G = τ / γ 
In materials science, shear modulus or modulus of rigidity, denoted by G, or sometimes S or μ, is defined as the ratio of shear stress to the shear strain:^{[1]}
where
Shear modulus' derived SI unit is the pascal (Pa), although it is usually expressed in gigapascals (GPa) or in thousands of pounds per square inch (ksi). Its dimensional form is M^{1}L^{1}T^{−2}.
The shear modulus is always positive.
Material  Typical values for shear modulus (GPa) (at room temperature) 

Diamond^{[2]}  478.0 
Steel^{[3]}  79.3 
Copper^{[4]}  44.7 
Titanium^{[3]}  41.4 
Glass^{[3]}  26.2 
Aluminium^{[3]}  25.5 
Polyethylene^{[3]}  0.117 
Rubber^{[5]}  0.0006 
The shear modulus is one of several quantities for measuring the stiffness of materials. All of them arise in the generalized Hooke's law:
The shear modulus is concerned with the deformation of a solid when it experiences a force parallel to one of its surfaces while its opposite face experiences an opposing force (such as friction). In the case of an object that's shaped like a rectangular prism, it will deform into a parallelepiped. Anisotropic materials such as wood, paper and also essentially all single crystals exhibit differing material response to stress or strain when tested in different directions. In this case one may need to use the full tensorexpression of the elastic constants, rather than a single scalar value.
One possible definition of a fluid is material with zero shear modulus.
In homogeneous and isotropic solids, there are two kinds of waves, pressure waves and shear waves. The velocity of a shear wave, is controlled by the shear modulus,
where
The shear modulus of metals is usually observed to decrease with increasing temperature. At high pressures, the shear modulus also appears to increase with the applied pressure. Correlations between the melting temperature, vacancy formation energy, and the shear modulus have been observed in many metals.^{[9]}
Several models exist that attempt to predict the shear modulus of metals (and possibly that of alloys). Shear modulus models that have been used in plastic flow computations include:
The MTS shear modulus model has the form:
where µ_{0} is the shear modulus at 0 K, and D and T_{0} are material constants.
The SteinbergCochranGuinan (SCG) shear modulus model is pressure dependent and has the form
where, µ_{0} is the shear modulus at the reference state (T = 300 K, p = 0, η = 1), p is the pressure, and T is the temperature.
The NadalLe Poac (NP) shear modulus model is a modified version of the SCG model. The empirical temperature dependence of the shear modulus in the SCG model is replaced with an equation based on Lindemann melting theory. The NP shear modulus model has the form:
where
and µ_{0} is the shear modulus at 0 K and ambient pressure, ζ is a material parameter, k_{b} is the Boltzmann constant, m is the atomic mass, and f is the Lindemann constant.

Conversion formulas  

Homogeneous isotropic linear elastic materials have their elastic properties uniquely determined by any two moduli among these, thus given any two, any other of the elastic moduli can be calculated according to these formulas.  