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Essential elements of a Tensile Test

One of the most common tests used to determine material behavior is a tensile test. In this brief demonstration, MTS Application Engineer, Addie Clarke, shows how to set up and conduct a simple version of this important test type.

Will a material perform as expected for its intended use? To answer this question, engineers and product developers often conduct tensile tests to determine and validate material properties. In this basic type of test, uniaxial tensile force is applied to a test specimen to investigate the stress/strain behavior, and other critical material properties including tensile modulus, tensile strength, elongation at break, and Poisson’s ratio.

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