Element’s tensile testing laboratories provide conditions for exposing the resistance of materials to a static or slowly applied force. We specialize in performing industry leading tensile tests for a wide range of metallic and polymer materials.

Tensile testing is a destructive mechanical testing method that subjects a sample to uniaxial tension until failure. Our tensile test expertise allows us to assimilate critical information relating to the strength, stiffness and ductility of materials in line with your production requirements and business needs.

Our tensile test procedure

Element’s tensile testing laboratories utilize state-of-the-art digital instrumentation to report the ultimate tensile strength, maximum elongation, and reduction of the area of a material. From these measurements, the following properties can also be determined: Young's modulus, Poisson's ratio, yield strength, and strain-hardening characteristics.

The yield strength is the stress at which a prescribed amount of deformation (commonly 0.2%) takes place, while elongation describes the extent to which the specimen stretches before a fracture occurs.

The resulting elongation of materials is measured by an extensometer or strain gauge, where the stress obtained at the highest level of applied force determines the tensile strength of the specimen in question.

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Materials We Test

Materials We Test:
  • Adhesives and Coatings
  • Construction Materials
  • Fasteners
  • Metallic Alloys
  • Plastics and Polymers
  • Polymer and Ceramic Matrix Composites
  • Rubber and Elastomers
  • Textiles and Paperboard
The Element advantage

Our Engaged Experts have the expertise and equipment necessary to handle high volume, ongoing production needs as well as one-off custom projects. 

For more information about our tensile test capabilities or to request a quote, contact us today. 

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Elevated Temperature Tensile Testing

In addition to our standard services, we also offer elevated temperature tensile testing, a method used to determine the physical properties of materials when tested at levels above room temperature. 

These properties include:

  • Ultimate tensile strength (breaking strength)
  • Yield strength (bending strength)
  • Elongation
  • Reduction of area

Nearly all products, except fasteners, are machined prior to undergoing the elevated temperature testing procedure.

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Additional Tensile Test Capabilities

  • Castings/Weld Coupon Tensile Testing
  • Tensile Testing for Polymers (ASTM D3039)
  • Elevated and Reduced Temperature Tensile Testing (from -320F to 2,700F)
  • Fastener Tensile Testing, Axial and Wedge (up to 2” diameter fasteners)
  • Heat Treatment for Tensile Coupons, Ambient Air or Argon Gas (up to 2,200F)
  • High Force Tensile Testing (up to 400,000 lbf)
  • O-Ring Tensile Testing
  • Rebar and Tubular Product Tensile Testing
  • Shear Testing
  • Temperature and humidity
  • Combined tension and compression
  • True strain
  • Notched tensile
  • r (ASTM E646) values
  • n (ASTM E517) values
  • Through Thickness Tensile Testing 
  • Cross-Weld Tensile Testing 
  • Transverse All Weld Tensile (TAWT) 
  • ASTM A370 Mechanical Testing of Steel Products 
  • ASTM E8/E8M Standard Test Methods for Tension Testing of Metallic Materials
  • BS EN 10002-1 Tensile Testing of Metallic Materials 
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Standards We Test To

American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials 


Application Program Interface

API STD 1104

American Society of Mechanical Engineers


ASTM International

ASTM A370, ASTM A488, ASTM A615, ASTM A706, ASTM A770, ASTM A975, ASTM B557, ASTM C165, ASTM C203, ASTM C209, ASTM C297, ASTM C303, ASTM C363, ASTM C518, ASTM C550, ASTM C578, ASTM C1273, ASTM C1275, ASTM C1359, ASTM C1366, ASTM C1468, ASTM D 412, ASTM D638, ASTM D695, ASTM D696, ASTM D882, ASTM D696, ASTM D1004, ASTM D1414, ASTM D1621, ASTM D1622, ASTM D1623, ASTM D1708, ASTM D1822, ASTM D2095, ASTM D2126, ASTM D2557, ASTM D2919, ASTM D2990, ASTM D3039, ASTM D3163, ASTM D3164, ASTM D3165, ASTM D3518, ASTM D3759, ASTM D4541, ASTM D5034, ASTM D5035, ASTM D5083, ASTM D5766, ASTM D6484, ASTM D6742, ASTM D7291, ASTM D7565, ASTM E4, ASTM E8/8M, ASTM E21, ASTM E345 ASTM E517, ASTM E646, ASTM F541, ASTM F606, ASTM F738, ASTM F879, ASTM F1147

American Welding Society

AWS B2.1, AWS B4, AWS D1.1, AWS D1.2, AWS D1.4, AWS D1.5, AWS 1.6 AWS 8.9, AWS D14.1, AWS D14.3 AWS D14.4, AWS D14.5, AWS D14.6, AWS D17.1, AWS D15.1, AWS 17.1, AWS D18.1BPS-N-70 


EN 485, EN 895, EN 10002-1, EN 10002-5, EN 10326IFI 114, IFI 135

International Organization for Standardization

ISO 37, ISO 527-1, ISO 527-2, ISO 527-3, ISO 527-4, ISO 527-5, ISO 783, ISO 898-1, ISO 898-5, ISO 1002, ISO 1421, ISO 1798, ISO 3506 ISO 4136, ISO 5173, ISO 5176, ISO 5178, ISO 5893, ISO 6295, ISO 6892-1, ISO 6892-2, ISO 7800, ISO 7801, ISO 8496, ISO 8513, ISO 9015, ISO 9016, ISO 9018, ISO 9606, ISO 13934, ISO 15614-1, ISO 15614-2, ISO 15614-12, ISO 17639, BS ISO 37, BS ISO 7800,  BS EN ISO 4136, BS EN ISO 5173,BS EN ISO 5176, BS EN ISO 5178, BS EN ISO 6892-1, BS EN ISO 6892-2, BS EN ISO 9015, BS EN ISO 9016, BS EN ISO 9606-1, BS EN ISO 9606-2, BS EN ISO 15614-1, BS EN ISO 15614-2, BS EN ISO 15614-8, BS EN ISO 17639, BS EN 10002-1

Deutsches Institut für Normung 

DIN EN ISO 4136, DIN EN ISO 6892-1, DIN EN ISO 6892-2, DIN EN ISO 8496

Department of Defense


General Motors

GM 255M, GM 275M, GM 280M, GM 290M, GM 300M, GM 455M, GM 500M, GM 6171M

Japanese Industrial Standards

JIS B1051, JIS B1054, JIS D4604, JIS J1054 

Military Standards

MIL-STD-248 MIL-STD-1312-8, MIL-STD-1312-18

SAE International

SAE J82, SAE J429, SAE J1199, SAE J1216, SAE J2253

Standard Reference Material

SRM 3-94, SRM 4-94, SRM 5-94, SRM 9-94 


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