When close-coiled helical spring, composed of a wire of round rod of diameter d wound into a helix of mean radius R with n number of turns, is subjected to an axial load P produces the following stresses and elongation:

The maximum shearing stress is the sum of the direct shearing stress τ_{1} = P/A and the torsional shearing stress τ_{2} = Tr/J, with T = PR.

$\tau = \tau_1 + \tau_2$

$\tau = \dfrac{P}{\pi d^2 / 4} + \dfrac{16PR}{\pi d^3}$

This formula neglects the curvature of the spring. This is used for light spring where the ratio d/4R is small.

For heavy springs and considering the curvature of the spring, A.M. Wahl formula a more precise, it is given by:

where m is called the spring index and (4m - 1)/(4m - 4) is the Wahl Factor.

The elongation of the bar is

Notice that the deformation δ is directly proportional to the applied load P. The ratio of P to δ is called the spring constant k and is equal to

**Springs in Series**

For two or more springs with spring laid in series, the resulting spring constant k is given by

where k_{1}, k_{2},... are the spring constants for different springs.

**Springs in Parallel**

For two or more springs in parallel, the resulting spring constant is