About Flexural Testing

Flexural test methods determine the flexural properties of unreinforced and reinforced plastics and rubbery materials.  Flex testing is a mechanical testing system (MTS) method.  

  • Approaches

    Flexural test methods utilize either a three-point or a four-point loading system applied to a supported beam.

    Flexural properties, as determined by these test methods, are especially useful for quality control and specification purposes.  Other purposes include:

    • Product comparison
    • Material development
    • Determination of mechanical property degradation as a result of product use, accelerated aging, or response to chemical exposure.

    ASTM Methods:

    • D790
    • D6272
  • Sample Considerations

    Typical samples are 7-15cm long.

    The width or thickness of a sample can vary based on the material.

    Flexural test methods are generally applicable to both rigid and semi rigid materials.

    Standard specimens or molded products can be tested.

    Contact us to discuss your specific sample considerations.

  • Experience

    Products we've tested:

    • Liners for cure in place pipe (CIPP)
    • Dental implant materials
    • Power transmission components for automobiles
    • Dilation catheter
    • Orthopedic anchors and splints

    Work we've done:

    • Aged materials testing (compare the stiffness or rigidity over time and through use)
    • Strength testing of materials (ensuring they will be strong enough for a certain application)
    • Ensuring a material is meeting specifications
    • Developing specifications