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16 Examples of Tensile Strength

 , updated on November 17, 2017
Tensile strength is the capacity of a material or structure to withstand forces that are trying to pull it apart. The following are illustrative approximations of the maximum tensile strength before breaking, known as ultimate tensile strength, for various materials.
Ultimate Tensile Strength
Material
MPa
Psi
Concrete
2-5
290 - 725
Rubber
16
2,320
Human Skin
20
2,900
Glass
33
4,786
Polyester
55
7,977
Nylon
78
11,312
Acrylic
87
12,618
Copper
220
31,908
Aluminum Alloy
300
43,511
350
50,763
531
77,015
Spider Silk
1,000
145,038
Diamond
2,800
406,105
Carbon Fiber
4,137
600,021
Carbon Nanotube
11,000+
1,595,415+
Graphene
130,000
18,854,905
MPa = megapascals
Psi = pound-force per square inch
Illustrative approximations only, varies considerably by manufacturer, purity, testing methodology and other factors.
Overview: Tensile Strength
Type
Definition
The capacity of a material or structure to withstand forces that are trying to pull it apart.
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References

Yu, Min-Feng, et al. "Strength and breaking mechanism of multiwalled carbon nanotubes under tensile load." Science, 2000.

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