The ability to withstand the stress of physical forces. Cable and wire systems, for example, must be designed in consideration of the amount of twisting and bending (flex strength) they can tolerate and the amount of weight or longitudinal stress a cable or wire can support (tensile strength) without suffering deformation or breaking (break strength). See also break strength, flex strength, strength member, and tensile strength.
Mechanical-strength Sentence Examples
Theoretically for a given outside diameter of core the greatest speed of signalling through a cable is obtained when the diameter of the conductor is 606 (1/,/e) the diameter of the core, but this ratio makes the thickness of the guttapercha covering insufficient for mechanical strength.
As subscribers' lines are invariably short, the smallest gauge of wire possessing the mechanical strength necessary to withstand the stresses to which it may be subjected can be employed, and bronze wire weighing 40 lb per mile is commonly used.
The quality of Portland cement is ascertained by its analysis and by determining its specific gravity, fineness, mechanical strength Tesfing.