tensile strength


Definition of tensile strength

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

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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 Paper liners in wire baskets just won’t stand up to the challenge Digging into the poutine, I was reminded of one of those old TV ads testing the tensile strength of paper towels. Kate Washington, sacbee, "Food at this craft-beer Valhalla is better than it needs to be | The Sacramento Bee," 23 Feb. 2018 With several unsupported cantilevers, or projecting beams, only a material with incredibly high tensile strength would hold up. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "The Rock Solid History of Concrete," 12 Oct. 2017 Its tensile strength is greater than that of mild steel. The Economist, "Innovative materials from bamboo are helping a new industry to sprout," 20 Jan. 2018

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1862, in the meaning defined above

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