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The Benefits Of Tensile Testing For Your Equipment

By Francesca Palette

The mechanical properties of component materials are an important indicator of product quality as well as measuring how suitable the materials are for their intended use.

One method used to clarify the performance and quality of materials is tensile testing. This method of testing can determine the resistance of materials to stretching or pulling forces. The amount of force needed to break a material and the amount it extends or plastically deforms before it breaks are very important properties.

Determining tensile strength is a significant parameter of engineering materials used in structures and mechanical devices. Typically, the testing involves taking a small sample with a fixed cross-section area, and then pulling it with a controlled, gradually increasing force until the sample changes shape or breaks.

Tensile testing is both a qualitative and quantitative test as it is also carried out to determine whether the materials meet the necessary strength requirements.

Another way of determining strength and quality is to use the hardness test. This type of testing measures resistance to indentation and it also indicates how resistant materials are to abrasion or scratching.

The usual method to achieve a hardness value is to measure the depth or area of an indentation left by an indenter of a specific shape, with a specific force applied for a specific time.

Hardness of metals is approximately related to its tensile strength (not yield strength) particularly for none austenitic ferrous materials and is used as a rapid in process check for heat treatment.

There are various methods and scales for measuring the hardness of materials, including the Rockwell, Brinell and Vickers methods but all can be used to characterise materials and determine if they are suitable for their intended use.

In today’s competitive market place, success will very much depend upon ensuring your equipment and materials are maintained to the highest levels of accuracy, efficiency and quality. The hardness test and use of tensile testing can help you achieve this and will provide useful information for the development of new materials.

Want to find out more about tensile testing, then visit the Rotech Labs site on how to choose the best testing methods such as thehardness test for your materials.

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