Mechanical Testing

Tensile Testing

Tensile testing is the most fundamental of mechanical testing methods. The technique is typically used to determine the yield and tensile strength of a material. The tensile testing machine can also be used for flexural- and compression testing. After a tensile test has been conducted, the fracture surface of the test speciemen is commonly studied using Electron microscopy (SEM) to determine the mode of fracture.

Typical applications:

  • Determination of yield and tensile strength
  • Maximum deflection
  • Comparison of stress-strain curves
  • Fracture characteristics
Mechanical testing- tensile testing
Test plate mounted for tensile testing.
Tensile testing
Stress-strain curves obtained from tensile testing of aluminium samples
Tensile Testing
Fractured test specimen, after tensile testing

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