Tensile-strength meaning

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The maximum lengthwise stretching force that a cable can withstand without breaking.Tensile strength must be considered during the installation process, because a pulling load is placed on an optical fiber, in particular. Riser cables must be manufactured and installed with tensile strength in mind, because they hang vertically in place for long periods of time. Aerial cables run horizontally, attached to and suspended from poles placed at intervals along a cable route.Aerial and riser cables commonly are manufactured with strength members, not only to increase the overall tensile strength of the cable, but also to relieve the wires and fibers, themselves, from bearing the load. See also aerial cable, break strength, flex strength, riser cable, and strength member.
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Tensile strength is the ability of a material to resist tearing.

An example of tensile strength is how much force can be put on a material before it tears apart.

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Resistance to lengthwise stress, measured (in force per unit of cross-sectional area) by the greatest load pulling in the direction of length that a given substance can bear without tearing apart.
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A measure of the ability of material to resist a force that tends to pull it apart. It is expressed as the minimum tensile stress (force per unit area) needed to split the material apart.
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Alternative form of ultimate tensile strength.
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The resistance of a material to a force tending to tear it apart, measured as the maximum tension the material can withstand without tearing.
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