Tension/Compression Testing 

Mechanical testing can provide vital information about fundamental material properties or act as a direct measurement of a component’s functional capabilities. Physical testing can ensure that products meet the specified requirements and can withstand the loads expected to be encountered during service.

The load frame at MEE can perform tension and compression testing of standard size test coupons at loads from about 1N (0.22 lbf) to 10kN (2248 lbf). Data from this testing can be used to calculate a material’s ultimate tensile/compressive strength, yield strength, elongation, and/or modulus of elasticity for design purposes or verification testing. Three or four point bending and other specialized loading techniques can also be performed and evaluated.

Need to test a specific component or assembly? MEE can work with you to create a customized test plan and fixture to load your samples in a controlled and reproducible manner. With test speeds ranging from 0.001 mm/min (0.00004 in./min) to 1000 mm/min (39 in./min) and 1100mm (43 in.) of crosshead travel, many specimen geometries and test conditions can be accommodated.

MTS Universal Mechanical Tester


Typical Applications

  • Tensile and compression properties of raw material for comparison to product specifications
  • Obtain material property data for finite element modeling or other product design for desired mechanical behavior and service performance
  • Simulation of component mechanical performance in service

Contact us to discuss which evaluation method is best suited to solve your materials-related problems. Or visit our Handbook of Analytical Methods for Materials (HAMM) for more in-depth explanations and typical applications of the analytical methods used for the characterization and evaluation of materials and products.Save