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Shear Testing

Many different loading schemes fall under the broad category of shear testing. Most often performed on small coupons of metals, composites and adhesives, these tests apply force or displacement until the specimen fractures. Single lap, double lap, short beam shear and torsion are typical configurations. All of these tests are designed to characterize materials under shear loading by determining shear-stress/shear-strain curves and material properties, including shear strengths and shear moduli.

MTS material testing solutions are ideal for generating accurate, repeatable shear test results. Advanced, user-friendly application software makes it easy to acquire, interpret and extrapolate data. We also bring superior domain expertise in material testing. Other key MTS capabilities for shear testing include:

Customizable software templates for performing standards-compliant shear testing
Reliable tabletop and floor-standing electromechanical and servohydraulic load frames
   for a range of force requirements, all with simple, robust tuning and traceable
   calibration
Suitable grips and fixturing to accommodate a wide variety of specimen geometries
Environmental chambers for adjusting test temperature/humidity
Digital controllers with high channel density, high capacity and superior configurability
Insight, Universal Test System, Monotonic, Test, Tension, Compression, Flex, Bend, Load Frame, Electromechanical

Universal Test Systems

The MTS Criterion® and MTS Exceed® families combine high-performance electromechanical and static-hydraulic load frame technology, easy-to-use MTS TestSuite™ TW software, and a full complement of test accessories to address a full spectrum of monotonic testing demands.


Testworks; software; monotonic; universal test system; static, tenion; compression; flex; bend; multicycle

MTS TestSuite™ TW Software

Versatile testing software that can be used across your lab on your electromechanical, static-hydraulic and servohydraulic test systems.