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ASTM Standards for Tensile Testing

Your guide to the key ASTM standards for tensile testing

Tensile testing is one of the easiest and most common methods for testing the strength and elongation of a material. It’s used for a wide range of industries and can be applied to lots of different materials – so how do you make sure your test is meeting accepted industry standards? We’ve put together a quick guide to help you stay ahead.

ASTM standards: tensile testing

The standards that are most commonly adhered to when it comes to tensile testing are different depending on the type of material being tested, as well as factors such as size and temperature. A few of the most frequently used are:

  • ASTM D3039

This is the accepted method for testing the tensile properties of polymer matrix composite materials. It can measure the force required to break a polymer composite specimen and the extent the sample is able to stretch.

  • ASTM E8/E8M

This is the standard method for the tension testing of metallic materials. It is the standard when testing these materials at room temperature. Find out more about the process in our guide to ATSM E8/E8M tensile testing.

  • ASTM A370

This is the accepted standard for the technical testing of steels, stainless steels, and related alloys. The standard also covers tension, bend, hardness, and impact tests and is often used in the automotive industry.

  • ASTM D638

This is the standard method for testing the tensile properties of unreinforced and reinforced plastics. Find out more about the applications and agreed method in our guide to ATSM D638.

  • ASTM D828

This is the standard test method for tensile properties of paper and paperboard using constant-rate-of-elongation apparatus. It can be used to test tensile strength and stretch as well as tensile stiffness, breaking length, tensile energy absorption, and tensile index.

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