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The resistance of a material to breaking under tension.Compare with compressive strength
- ‘Some silk made by orb weaver spiders rivals the tensile strength of steel.’
- ‘The principal limitation on the use of lead as a structural material is not its low tensile strength but its susceptibility to creep.’
- ‘The tensile stress, acting against the mobilized tensile strength, is primarily the fibers' response to shear deformation.’
- ‘Intriguingly, the tensile strengths of the mutant and wild type fibres were very similar which means that decreased coarseness was not achieved at the expense of strength.’
- ‘The tensile strength of clad material depends on the tensile strength of its components and their ratio to its thickness.’
- ‘Four sensors are installed side by side so that the tensile strength of the sheet can be tested over the full width as it is transported.’
- ‘The tensile strength (ability to be stretched without tearing) of collagen fibers is comparable to that of steel.’
- ‘For example, St. John and his colleagues are evaluating braiding metals with very high tensile strengths.’
- ‘The first thing I noticed about the bathing costume was the extraordinary tensile strength of the stretch material.’
- ‘In any event, she can exert a surface pressure far in excess of the tensile strength of any material ever likely to be found on this planet or its environs.’
- ‘Some of these chemical properties, high density, and tensile strength, made depleted uranium an attractive material for use in weapons.’
- ‘Healed full-thickness wounds have only 80% of the tensile strength of noninjured skin.’
- ‘For brittle materials, the tensile strength is a valid criterion for design.’
- ‘As this happens, bending forces are developed in the concrete, which the tensile strength of the concrete must resist and distribute.’
- ‘Suddenly the polymer producers were challenged to develop specialty materials with higher tensile strengths, higher temperature resistance, higher abrasion resistance, and greater stiffness.’
- ‘Fracture characteristics of these steels is strongly dependent on the tensile strength and hence on the transformation temperature.’
- ‘Most domestic manufacturers comply with minimum tensile strengths.’
- ‘Unfortunately, the poor tensile strength of the materials did not prove equal to the job, and the structure was swept away in a storm on the night of 5 February, 1850.’
- ‘For a large object to obtain a basically spherical form, the tensile strength of its component material must be overcome.’
- ‘Their purpose was to build up early tensile strength to resist shrinkage stresses that increase as the concrete sets.’
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