yield stress

The shear stressσ 0 or τ 0 at which yielding starts abruptly. Its value depends on the criterion used to determine when yielding occurs.
PAC, 1979, 51, 1213 (Manual of symbols and terminology for physicochemical quantities and units. Appendix II: Definitions, terminology and symbols in colloid and surface chemistry. Part 1.13. Selected definitions, terminology and symbols for rheological properties) on page 1217