One of the most common testing methods, tensile testing, is used to determine the behaviour of a sample while an axial stretching load is applied. These types of tests may be performed under ambient or controlled (heating or cooling) conditions to determine the tensile properties of a material.

Tensile testing is performed on a variety of materials including metals, plastics, elastomers, paper, composites, rubbers, fabrics, adhesives, films, etc.

Tensile testing is commonly used to determine the maximum load (tensile strength) that a material or a product can withstand. Tensile testing may be based on a load value or elongation value.

Common tensile testing results include:

  • Maximum Load
  • Deflection of Maximum Load
  • Stiffness
  • Load at Break
  • Deflection at Break
  • Work at Break
  • Stress
  • Strain
  • Young's Modulus



  • Test Stand - Load Frame: Tensile testing machines are available in single or dual column configurations based on their force capacity.
  • Software / Controller: Test software is where operators configure test methods and output results.
  • Load Cell / Force Gauge: Depending on the test stand a force gauge or load cell quantifies the applied force on the test specimen.
  • Grips and Fixtures: A diverse selection of grips and fixtures is offered to accommodate test specimens of various materials, shapes, and sizes.

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