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 several basic components. A load cell, crosshead, grips, 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 used to determine how a material will react to an applied force and evaluate performance in a controlled testing environment. The test frame incorporates 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.

Tensile Testing Machines and Frames

Among the machines Thwing-Albert offers for tensile strength testing are:

  • QC-3A Universal Testing Machine: In addition to testing for tensile strength, the QC-3A Universal Testing Machine can accurately measure properties like compression, coefficient of friction (COF), peel analysis and more. The QC-3A is available in 10-inch, 18-inch and extended frame models, providing added versatility for mobility. The single-screw frame has a 5-kilonewton (kN) and 1,125-pound-force load capacity.
  • VantageNX Tensile Testing Machines: Thwing-Albert VantageNX Tensile Testing Machines are among the most comprehensive tensile testers available on the market. All five frame tester models feature capacities ranging from 1kN and 225 pounds of force to 10kN and 2,000 pounds of force. Various tensile testing frames, grips, fixtures and other accessories allow the VantageNX machines to perform a wide range of different tests while meeting multiple industry standards.

Tensile Testing Grips and Fixtures

Some of our featured options for holding samples during tensile testing include:

We offer a complete line of other tensile tester grips and fixtures to provide added versatility and comply with a wide range of industry specs and standards. We can also build custom fixtures and grips for diverse testing applications. Review our tips for proper grip selection for insight on choosing the proper equipment for your specific tensile testing requirements.

MAP4™ Materials Testing Software for Tensile Strength

Our MAP4™ Materials Testing Software is among the most versatile and accurate testing software on the market. Its versatility ensures compatibility with our full line of VantageNX tensile testers and other lines of equipment. Analyzing material is simplified with the software’s built-in library of industry standards.

Besides testing for tensile strength, the MAP4™software can measure properties like bursting strength, puncture resistance, compression and peel strength. Thwing-Albert provides a library of test methods designed around major industry standards like ASTM, ISO, TAPPI and more. Additionally, MAP4™provides the user with all the tools needed to create custom test methods based on their specific needs.

This software is compatible with Windows operating systems and includes free technical support for one full year.

Contact Thwing-Albert for Your Testing Equipment Needs Today

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