Everything breaks at some point – the important thing is to know when that will happen.
TÜV Rheinland has one of the largest tensile and compression testers available in the private industry, with a load capable of up to 1.2 million pounds. Our complete machine shop is able to test tensile bars quickly and accurately. No job is too complex.
With tensile strength test services from TÜV Rheinland, you can be sure of:
Our approach is as follows:
Metals, including steel, have a linear stress-strain relationship up to the yield point. In some steels, the stress falls after the yield point. This is due to the interaction of carbon atoms and dislocations in the stressed steel. Cold-worked and alloy steels do not show this effect.
For most metals, the yield point is not sharply defined. Below the yield strength, all deformation is recoverable and the material returns to its initial shape when the load is removed. This recoverable deformation is known as elastic deformation. For stresses above the yield point, the deformation is not recoverable and the material will not return to its initial shape.
Ultimate tensile strength (UTS or SU) is indicated by the maxima of a stress-strain curve and, in general, indicates when necking will occur. As it is an intensive property, its value does not depend on the size of the test specimen. Rather, it depends on the preparation of the specimen and the temperature of the test environment and material.
The standard way of measuring tensile strength is to use a small bar with uniform width (other than at the edges, where the thickness increases) and to “pull” at each end until the bar fails. In the process, other mechanical properties can be culled. The material can vary widely – from metals to plastics, even wood.
Three definitions of tensile strength:
Testing for tensile properties determines what the product’s projected life span may be and the part’s load-bearing capacity. In addition, the product can be verified that it meets the requirements of the standards it is projected to meet, verifying that it has the correct heat treating or annealing.
TÜV Rheinland’s test engineers have many years of experience and are capable of fabricating the appropriate fixtures to pull large complex parts. The width capacity is 5 feet and the height is 15 feet, which provides a large range of testing products in their as-built state.
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Our services cover products made from metal, plastic, wood, and other materials.