Can all substances have elastic potential energy?

Can metals, for instance, if slightly malleable have elastic potential energy?

1 Answer
Feb 10, 2017

Answer:

Metals can have elastic PE. Eg springs are generally made of metal.

Explanation:

Sure, metals can have elastic PE. Springs are generally made of metal!

I think malleability is the wrong way to look at it. That suggests the opposite, namely that the deformation is permanent.