Definition - What does Tensile Test mean?
A tensile test is a physical experimental evaluation performed on materials to determine their suitability for specific engineering or construction applications to ensure quality.
Tensile testing involves applying a force on opposite ends of the specimen and pulling outwardly until the metal breaks to determine the strain, stress, yield deformation and other properties unique to the specimen.
Corrosionpedia explains Tensile Test
The force is typically applied with the use of a testing machine that applies a force at a uniformly fixed rate. Testing machines may be electrochemical or hydraulic. The tensile test machine's motion loads the specimen in tension or compression.