Due to the very large number of tests offered, descriptions of those most commonly requested have been gathered into the following groups:

ASTM E9 – Compression Testing of Metals

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ASTM E9 testing covers the apparatus, specimens, and procedure for axial-load compression testing of metallic materials at room temperature. Touchstone has at times performed a modification of this test at elevated and cryogenic temperatures.

Normally, the specimen is subjected to an increasing axial compressive load. Both load and strain are monitored continuously and the compressive properties are determined.

The data obtained from a compression test may include the yield strength, the yield point, Young’s modulus, the stress-strain curve, and the compressive strength. In the case of a material that does not fail in compression by a shattering fracture, compressive strength is a value that is dependent on total strain and specimen geometry.

Compressive properties are of interest in the analyses of structures subject to compressive or bending loads or both and in the analyses of metal working and fabrication processes that involve large compressive deformation such as forging and rolling.

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Reference: ASTM E9 – Standard Test Method for the Compression Testing of Metallic Materials at Room Temperature