Bursting strength

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The maximum amount of pressure a material can withstand before breaking down or tearing. The pressure is applied at right angles to the plane of the material (such as a paper or textile). The bursting strength is usually expressed in weight per per square area. A high bursting strength indicates that the material is able to resist rupture when placed under pressure. Bursting strength tests are used for paper, knit fabrics, and felts.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Druckfestigkeit (Deut.); résistance à l'éclatement (Fr.), pop test; Mullen test; ball burst method

Resources and Citations

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971
  • Hoechst Celanese Corporation, Dictionary of Fiber & Textile Technology (older version called Man-made Fiber and Textile Dictionary, 1965), Hoechst Celanese Corporation, Charlotte NC, 1990
  • Boise Cascade Paper Group, The Paper Handbook, Boise Cascade, Portland OR, 1989
  • Matt Roberts, Don Etherington, Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: a Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington DC, 1982