Evaluate the strength, stiffness, and ductility of your materials to minimize real-world failures. Element’s tensile testing services ensure the reliability, quality, and performance of your materials to comply with industry standards and regulatory requirements. 


What is tensile testing and why do you need it?

Tensile testing helps ensure your product or material is fit for purpose and won’t fail structurally. It is a destructive mechanical testing method, which stretches or pulls your sample in a single direction until it breaks, to establish the maximum stress the material can cope with. Once you know this, you can make more informed decisions about the design of your product that balances performance and economy alongside safety and durability. 


Key Benefits of Partnering with Element for Tensile Testing Services

  • Fast and precise test results: Working with us gives you quick access to data from our extensive global network of laboratories. This not only ensures the safety, quality, and compliance of your materials but also provides you with the confidence that they are purpose-fit and ready to perform at their best.
  • Access our global network: Gain more than just test results; access our expansive global network for comprehensive material insights. Our laboratories are located worldwide, allowing you to benefit from a wealth of expertise, diverse testing capabilities, and a global perspective to ensure suitability across different applications.
  • Cutting-edge instrumentation for advanced insights: The advanced tools at our laboratories can help you measure complex material properties, including ultimate tensile strength (UTS), maximum elongation (E), and reduction of the area of a material (RA). Whether you want to understand characteristics such as Young's modulus, Poisson's ratio, yield strength, elongation, or strain-hardening properties, our technology can provide insights.
  • Better understand your materials: We apply static or slowly applied forces to determine ultimate tensile strength, providing crucial insights into the strength, stiffness, and ductility of both metallic and non-metallic materials. Our industry-leading approach ensures you receive unmatched information about your materials' fundamental properties. 
  • Certifications to international standards: We are committed to ensuring your testing and certification exceed industry standards for Safety and Quality Assurance, instilling confidence in your materials' safety, quality, and compliance. We strictly adhere to recognized international standards for metals, composites, polymers, rubber, elastomers, and welds - such as ASTM, ISO, AWS, EN, BSI, DIN, and DNV.
  • Specialized composite and polymer testing: Our experts are equipped to handle specialized composite and polymer testing, meeting standards such as ASTM D3039, ASTM D638, ASTM D882, and more. Trust our rigorous testing processes for insights into the characteristics and suitability of your composite and polymer materials.
  • Risk mitigation: Our tensile testing services provide valuable data to assess the structural performance of materials under stressful conditions. Identify and mitigate risks associated with material failure to avoid product failures, accidents, and financial losses.

Your Tensile Testing Experts

Lee Mangham – Element Sheffield

Lee Mangham

Element's Technical Manager

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Andrew Greenfield

Andrew Greenfield

Element's Department Manager

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Cutting-edge Instrumentation for Advanced Insights

The advanced tools at our laboratories can help you measure complex material properties, including ultimate tensile strength (UTS), maximum elongation (E), and reduction of the area of a material (RA). Whether you want to understand characteristics such as Young's modulus, Poisson's ratio, yield strength, elongation, or strain-hardening properties, our technology can provide insights.  


End-to-end Solutions for Your Unique Material and Industry Challenges

Whether you're in aerospace, medical devices, or manufacturing, our labs are dedicated to addressing your unique challenges. We provide a broad spectrum of materials testing services tailored to your industry's specific needs. Beyond standard tensile testing, our offerings encompass a variety of mechanical tests, including fatigue, compression, cryogenics, and more. As your end-to-end solution, we meet the diverse demands of different materials and industries with precision and expertise. 


Tensile Testing Services

Tensile testing of metals

Whether you are a manufacturer of metal products, a designer, or a quality manager, materials testing is a valuable approach to ensuring that the materials you are developing or incorporating into infrastructure and products are of high quality and can perform over their expected lifespan. We provide tensile testing for metals and metallic alloys according to common industry standards, including ASTM E8, ASTM E21, BS EN 2002, ISO 898-1, and ISO 6892.


ASTM composite tensile test

Testing composites requires specialized knowledge, experience, and equipment. Our composite experts are well-versed in various composite tensile test specifications, including ASTM D3039, ASTM C363, ASTM C1273, ASTM C1359, and ASTM D7565. With active memberships in numerous composite committees such as ASTM D30, CMH-17, Nadcap, and the Committee on Composite Materials, our composite testing labs can help you unlock the full potential of your advanced materials.


ASTM polymer tensile test

Polymers and plastics possess a high degree of stiffness and strength, without the added weight of traditional materials like metals and plastics. We offer tensile testing for polymers and polymer matrix composites according to ASTM D638, ASTM D882, ASTM D1004, ISO 527, and more. 


Rubber and elastomer tensile test

Tensile testing of rubber and elastomers measures the elasticity of the material while under tensile strain, and the behavior of the material after testing. Our experts test rubber and elastomer materials according to specifications including ASTM D412, ASTM D414, and ISO 37.


Weld tensile testing

We offer testing services for different types of welds. Whether it’s tensile tests per ASME Section IX, AWS D17.1, DNV F101, or ISO 4136, you can rely on our certified weld technology experts and PCN and CSWIP-qualified weld inspectors for critical welding-related services. From welds to transverse welds, our testing determines resilience and resistance, ensuring your welds meet the highest standards.  


Additional tensile testing capabilities 

  • Axial tensile testing
  • Cryogenic testing
  • Custom tensile testing
  • Digital image correlation
  • Ductility testing
  • Elevated, reduced, or ambient Temperature
  • Elongation testing
  • Fastener testing
  • Flexural tensile testing
  • High strain rate tensile testing
  • High-Force Testing
  • Medical device testing
  • Open hole compression & tensile testing of composites
  • Pipe tensile testing
  • Pull-off strength
  • Rebar and tubular product testing
  • Ring testing
  • Room temperature tensile
  • Slow strain rate tensile testing
  • Tensile adhesion strength
  • Tensile resistance
  • Tensile testing of porous coatings
  • Thorough-thickness testing
  • True stress and strain measurements


Why Choose Element? 

At Element, we adhere to a broad spectrum of international standards, providing certification that instills confidence in the safety, quality, and compliance of tested materials. Our ISO 17025 and NADCAP-accredited tensile testing laboratories in the US, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia use cutting-edge testing technology for accurate and reliable results. 

From metals to polymers, our dedicated experts bring unmatched knowledge and experience to ensure precise tensile tests for a wide range of materials. You'll receive test results with unmatched levels of accuracy, quality, and clarity - plus, you'll have direct access to top engineering experts for technical guidance.

To learn more about Element’s credentials, please visit our About Us page. To discuss how we can support your ultrasonic testing and inspection needs, contact our experts today.     

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


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

General Motors

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 

Military Standards

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

  • Adhesives
  • Bituminous materials
  • Bolts, Nuts and Studs
  • Ceramics
  • CMCs
  • Coating
  • Components
  • Composites
  • Concrete/Hardened concrete
  • Elastomers
  • Epoxy Mortar
  • Fabrics
  • Fasteners
  • Foams
  • Medical devices
  • Metals/Metal Alloys
  • Pipes
  • Plastics
  • Polymer Modified Cement (PMCs)
  • Polymers
  • Prepacked mortar, plaster, skim coat
  • Reinforcement bar
  • Rubbers
  • Structural fixings
  • Structural steel
  • Textiles
  • Tile adhesives
  • Waterproof membrane
  • Weldments 

How is a tensile test performed using the 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 Metal Products 

ASTM E8/E8M describes the methods of determination of mechanical properties that define the quality of a material: yield strength, yield point elongation, tensile strength, elongation, and reduction of area. Download a free guide to understanding the test procedure, the test specimens, and the test data. READ MORE

ASTM D3039 Testing Considerations

Although it is a popular composite tensile testing method, there are a few considerations that must be made prior to performing ASTM D3039 testing. Read our article to learn more about 5 considerations for ASTM D3039 composite tensile testing. 


Gripping Medical Devices for Tensile Testing

Medical devices such as leads and sutures are typically subject to tensile testing to characterize their mechanical properties under tension. Gripping these devices during testing provides additional challenges and can require custom fixturing to obtain meaningful data. READ MORE

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