Equipment Spotlight: Tensile Testing

Tensile Testing is a fundamental part of mechanical testing in which a sample is subjected to an applied force until failure. The most common use of a tensile test is to determine the young modulus, or modulus of elasticity, of a material. These test results are used for material selection, quality control and for predicting how a material will react to various forces.

The MARK-10 ESM750S Tensile Tester is a single-column force tester configurable for tension and compression measurement. For 3D printed products, the tests performed using the MARK-10 are essential for product design and improvement. Tensile properties should be determined based on the project, 3D printer used, and for each orientation of the print.  Austin Reliability Labs’ onsite 3D printing capabilities can provide rapid production of test specimens with consistent attributes, such as cross section and gauge length.

Designs based off of erroneous material characteristics have a high likelihood of failure. With the knowledge of the strength of the material, designs can be improved leading to safer and more reliable products.

Tests:

  • Tensile Strength
  • Compressive
  • Flexural Strength
  • Creep
  • Shear
  • Frictional Coefficient

Materials Tested: (both 3D printed and conventional parts)

  • Plastics
  • Polymers
  • Elastomers
  • Ceramics

Capacity:

  • 750 lbF (3.4 kN)
  • 14.2 in (360 mm) travel

Standards:

  • ISO 17296 – highest safety requirement for 3D printed parts
Mark-10 Tensile Tester

Mark 10 displaying a readout of a material’s stress strain curve

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About ARL

Recognized as one of the top product reliability labs in the country with a unique balance of testing, consulting and on-site staffing services, Austin Reliability Labs (ARL) is a place where we recognize the hard work and passion that goes into the design and development of your product and want to find any problems in an effort to perfect it. We also understand a reputation is something that builds over time, so we focus on establishing long-term partnerships with each of our clients. With that in mind, we not only specialize in writing and developing all of the tests that we perform, but, unlike other labs, we provide pass / fail reports on all of our tests and decipher the results for you in order to maximize your product’s success. In addition to our on-site staffing and consulting services, ARL’s full array of reliability testing services include: HALT / HASS, Battery Life Tests, Qualification Tests, Environmental Tests, Mechanical Tests, Additive Manufacturing Tests and Custom Tests.

We believe quality is infused by finding every flaw in a product and methodically removing each one until the product shines. As a result, only a thorough, comprehensive reliability test program, as provided by ARL, will allow a product to emerge that will earn or maintain an unsullied and clean brand reputation.