Tensile Strength Testing Equipment

A tensile tester can also be referred to as a pull tester or universal testing machine (UTM).  The test frame is an electromechanical test system that applies a tensile or pull force to a sample material to evaluate its physical properties.  The test process is determined by industry standards like ASTM, ISO, TAPPI and other leading quality organizations to ascertain overall strength and the limits of its deformation when it is subjected to stress.

A typical tensile testing machine is composed of six basic components. A load cell, crosshead, grips, extensometer, electronics, and a drive system are the main elements of these types of testing frames. The apparatus is controlled by testing software utilized to analyze machine and safety settings, as well as to compare the performance of the samples against test parameters defined by testing standards.

A tensile test is a test used to determine how a material will react to an applied force. It is used to determine performance in a controlled testing environment. The test frame is fit with grips and fixtures to hold a sample and then run a specified test to determine a variety of characteristics such as yield strength, tensile strength, strain at break, and additional material properties such as elasticity and deformation properties. The resulting data obtained as a result of the test are generally plotted on a graph and will show real-world performance characteristics.

Understanding a material’s tensile characteristics prior to its application is vital to predicting its fitness for use and its ability to perform as intended.

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