General Concepts: For a material with stress-strain behavior that can be described by
What is the value of flow stress at strain = 1?
On the stress-strain plot a value of n can be set and different values of K tried. It will be seen that the value on the stress axis for strain = 1 is equal to the value of K chosen.Which material parameter, K or n, has a larger effect on material strength?
A more easily seen answer can be obtained by by setting a value for K and trying various values of n.
Answering this question requires defining "strength" and deciding on a method for comparing values of strength. One possibility is to define strength as the flow stress at a particular value of strain and ask, does doubling the value of K or n have a larger effect on flow stress?
If the value of K is doubled, by how much does the flow stress change?
Since the flow stress depends on K, n and e, values of n and e have to be selected to determine the change when K is doubled? Several values of n and e have to be used to get a full picture of the effects.If the value of n is halved, by how much does the flow stress change?
Again, flow stress depends on K and e as well as on n so the answer will vary with the values of K and e at which the comparison is made.