Element’s tensile testing labs provide conditions for exposing materials to a static or slowly applied force, determining their ultimate tensile strength. We perform industry-leading tensile tests for many metallic or non-metallic materials.
What is tensile testing?
Tensile testing is a destructive mechanical testing method that subjects a sample to uniaxial tension until failure. Our testing services allow us to deliver critical information relating to the strength, stiffness, and ductility of materials.
Why is tensile testing important?
Designers must achieve acceptable levels of performance and economy whilst assuring the item is both safe and durable. One of the most basic design concerns to avoid structural failure is that the stress in a component does not exceed the strength of the material.
Tensile strength testing method
The force and extension are measured as the sample is stretched at a constant speed. Engineering stress is calculated from the ratio of force response to the cross-sectional area of the sample; the strain, often presented as percentage strain is calculated from the extension. The data is analyzed to obtain the yield strength and percent elongation; the highest stress recorded before fracture is the Ultimate Tensile Strength (UTS). Materials with a high UTS and percent elongation are said to be tough, generally, a desirable quality is a design.
Tensile testing of metals
ASTM composite tensile test
ASTM polymer tensile test
Rubber and elastomer tensile test
Weld tensile testing
Our tensile testing capabilities
- Cryogenic Testing
- Open Hole Compression & Tensile Testing of Composites
- Elevated Temperature Testing
- Fastener Testing
- Slow Strain Rate Tensile Testing
- High Strain Rate Tensile Testing
- Tensile Adhesion Strength
- Tensile Resistance
- High-Force Testing
- Medical Device Testing
- Rebar And Tubular Product Testing
- Ring Testing
- Ductility Testing
- Elongation Testing
- Digital Image Correlation
- True Stress and Strain Measurements
The Element advantage
By working with Element, you benefit from fast, precise test results from our global network of laboratories. We make certain that the materials we test are safe, quality, compliant, and fit for purpose.
For more information about our tensile testing and tensile strength services, contact our experts today.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
AASHTO M31, AASHTO T244
Application Program Interface
API STD 1104
American Society of Mechanical Engineers
ASME Sec. IX
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
EN 485, EN 895, EN 10002-1, EN 10002-5, EN 10326IFI 114, IFI 135
British Standards Institution (BSI)
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)
DIN EN ISO 4136, DIN EN ISO 6892-1, DIN EN ISO 6892-2, DIN EN ISO 8496
Department of Defense
DNV-OS-F101, DNV Rules
GM 255M, GM 275M, GM 280M, GM 290M, GM 300M, GM 455M, GM 500M, GM 6171M
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
Japanese Industrial Standards
JIS B1051, JIS B1054, JIS D4604, JIS J1054
MIL-STD-248 MIL-STD-1312-8, MIL-STD-1312-18
Society of Automotive Engineers
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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