tensile strength


Definition of tensile strength

: the greatest longitudinal stress a substance can bear without tearing apart

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This property gives the walnut shell its higher tensile strength, making it much harder to crack, the researchers reported last month in Advanced Science. Ian Randall, Science | AAAS, "Why walnuts are such tough nuts to crack," 3 Sep. 2019 Those things have the tensile strength of chicken bones. al, "Doulas are the good guys, y’all," 20 Aug. 2019 Lee bought the same bra, washed it scores of times and tested its tensile strength in a simulated strangulation. Edmund H. Mahony, courant.com, "More than three decades later, troubling questions and contradictions remain about two murder convictions and the role of forensic scientist Henry Lee," 23 July 2019 Carbon nanotubes have more tensile strength than steel, which would not be up to such an intense task, though they haven't been constructed or tested at such a mammoth scale. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Space Elevators Getting First Test in Space," 4 Sep. 2018 Normal bone has a tensile strength of 150 megapascals, but Godzilla's bones can handle 3000 MPa—the same pressure found at the base of earth's lithosphere, 60 miles below the surface. Danielle Venton, Popular Mechanics, "The Impossible Anatomy of Godzilla," 14 May 2014 Tests showed a tensile strength of 120 GigaPascals, indicating the nanotubes were free of imperfections. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Forget carbon fiber—we can now make carbon nanotube fibers," 15 May 2018 Carbon fibers, which are generally woven into a fabric, possess desirable qualities such as high tensile strength, low mass, high temperature tolerance, and low thermal expansion. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Elon Musk shows off a new tooling for the BFR spaceship," 9 Apr. 2018 Roman concrete has a weaker tensile strength than rebar concrete, as one might imagine, but its ability to stand up to erosion and weathering is unparalleled. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "The Rock Solid History of Concrete," 12 Oct. 2017

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1862, in the meaning defined above

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