- Apr 7, 1999
I remember Dr. Bill Watenburg answering a mans question about steel barbells a few years back on KGO (largest west-coast news radio station). The man asked about how olympic power lifters can flex the steel bars signifigantly when perfoming these feats of strength. But the bars always return to true. The man was told that steel has a flex limit to which it can always return to true as long as the limit is not passed. The steel retains 100% of its original strength or toughness as long as it has never passed the point where it takes a permanant bend. Does anyone know if this is true? Does it depend on the alloy? I assume if it is true it only aplies to flexing rather than hitting and shocking.