What is Tensile Strength?

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Tensile strength is an important engineering concept that measures a materials ability to perform in an application. The term tensile strength refers to the amount of stretching (tensile) a material can withstand before breaking or failing. The ultimate tensile strength (maximum amount of stress) of a material is calculated by dividing the cross-section or the area of the material tested by the stress placed on the material. This is generally expressed in terms of pounds or tons per square inch of material.

Tensile strength is typically measured using a tensile machine. Here we place the prepared tensile specimen in the grips or jaws of the tensile machine. The machine then applies stress by gradually stretching the material until it breaks. The amount of stretching needed to break the specimen is then measured and recorded.

Here at MVMTC we are equipped with an Instron Universal Testing System and are able to test a wide variety of materials with strength levels between 50 psi and 280,000 psi. We also have the ability shear, cut and machine samples in-house.

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