Enter the total strain energy (J) and the total energy due to volume change (J) into the Distortion Energy Calculator. The calculator will evaluate the Distortion Energy.

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## Distortion Energy Formula

The following two example problems outline the steps and information needed to calculate the Distortion Energy.

DE = SE - VE

Variables:

- DE is the Distortion Energy (J)
- SE is the total strain energy (J)
- VE is the total energy due to volume change (J)

To calculate the distortion energy, subtract the total energy due to volume change from the total strain energy.

## How to Calculate Distortion Energy?

The following steps outline how to calculate the Distortion Energy.

- First, determine the total strain energy (J).
- Next, determine the total energy due to volume change (J).
- Next, gather the formula from above = DE = SE – VE.
- Finally, calculate the Distortion Energy.
- After inserting the variables and calculating the result, check your answer with the calculator above.

**Example Problem : **

Use the following variables as an example problem to test your knowledge.

total strain energy (J) = 500

total energy due to volume change (J) = 70

DE = SE – VE** **= ?