ASTM E328 covers the standard test methods for stress relaxation tests for materials and structures. Stress relaxation in a material is an important characteristic to consider when designing with mechanical fasteners that must hold with a permanent tightness. Long term failure of fastener might occur if stress relaxation is not considered. According to ASTM, applications that are often tested with this standard include; bolted of riveted assemblies, press of shrink-fit components, rolled-in tubes, gaskets tightness, constraining force of springs, and stability of wire in pre-stressed concrete. This test is also valid for measuring stress relaxation of a material an area of high-stress concentration. The test environment must be highly controlled to prevent changes to the material due to environmental conditions.

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