Tensile characterization tests are essential for applications where

  • You want to compare or choose materials with the appropriate strength and ductility for specific applications based on tensile test results.
  • You want material properties that can be used in engineering calculations and simulations to predict component behavior under load.
  • Your manufacturing processes need to be monitored to ensure materials consistently meet strength requirements.
  • Studying how and where materials break during tensile tests so that you can improve material design.

What are the benefits of performing a tensile characterization tests?

  1. More detailed information on the tensile properties

A full stress-strain curve reveals much more about a material's behavior under tension. Consider these key parameters:

  1. Yield strength
  2. Modulus of elasticity
  3. Ductility, or elongation at break
  4. Strain hardening behavior
  1. More accurate predictions for different loading scenarios.
  2. Deeper understanding about changes in composition or processing affect a wide range of material properties, allowing for targeted improvements.
  3. Insights into failure modes, whether a material is brittle or ductile, and the possible root cause of failure.


In-depth design, material research, or failure analysis usually needs a characterization test.