Tensile strength

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Stress-strain curve


The maximum amount of longitudinal stress that a material can withstand before breaking. The tensile strength is usually measured in pounds per square inch or kilograms per square centimeter. A high tensile strength indicates that a material is very strong.

Synonyms and Related Terms

"Zugfestigkeit (Deut.); límite de elasticidad (Esp.); force de traction (Fr.); treksterkte (Ned.);


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