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Polymer Chemistry: Tensile Testing

In a tensile test, a sample of known dimensions (including thickness) is held between two clamps.

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As the sample is stretched, the force exerted by the instrument and the length (and sometimes cross-sectional area) of the sample are measured. This data can be used to construct a stress-strain curve and to calculate several mechanical properties of the polymer.

Contributors

  • David Whisnant (Wofford College). Partial support for this work was provided by the National Science Foundation's Division of Undergraduate Education through grants DUE #9950809 and DUE #9950296. Additional support was provided by the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation.