Tensile Strength vs. Break Strength | Vulcan Wire

# Tensile Strength vs. Break Strength: What’s the Difference?

When it comes to baling and strapping heavy loads, it’s important to choose a material with the appropriate strength. But what exactly do “tensile strength” and “break strength” mean? And how do you know which one you need for your application? Read on to find out about tensile strength vs break strength.

## What is Tensile Strength?

Tensile strength is an important concept in engineering, especially for designing structures that will be subject to high levels of stress. Put simply, tensile strength is a measure of a material’s ability to withstand forces that try to pull it apart. This can include everything from the weight of a building to the forces exerted by a flowing river. Tensile strength is usually expressed in pounds per square inch (PSI). The higher the tensile strength, the stronger the material.

When it comes to designing safe and strong structures, engineers must consider both the tensile strength of the materials they are using, as well as the loads that the structure will be subjected to. By understanding these concepts, engineers can create safe and reliable structures that will stand up to whatever Mother Nature throws at them.

## What is Break Strength?

Break strength, on the other hand, is the point at which a material will break under sudden force or stress. This is typically expressed in pounds (lbs). When selecting a baling or strapping material, it’s important to choose one with a break strength that exceeds the weight of your load.

Break strength is a measure of the force required to break an object. It is typically expressed in units of force per unit area, such as pounds per square inch (psi) or newtons per square meter (N/m^2).

The term can also be used more generally to refer to the force required to achieve any specified level of deformation, such as yield strength or fracture toughness. In engineering, break strength is an important metric that is used to assess the strength of materials and components. It is also a key factor in determining the safety and reliability of products.

For example, let’s say you’re looking to strap down a load that weighs 20,000 lbs. In this case, you would need a strapping material with a break strength of at least 20,000 lbs. However, if the load is particularly uneven or jagged, you may want to select a strapping material with a higher break strength to account for any potentially sharp edges.

## Conclusion for Tensile Strength vs. Break Strength

When it comes to selecting a baling or strapping material, it’s important to consider both tensile strength and break strength. Tensile strength is a measure of how much force a material can withstand before breaking, while break strength is the point at which a material will break under sudden force or stress. Be sure to select a material with a break strength that exceeds the weight of your load.
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