Materials Testing System (MTS)

Product Code: ME-8230


The PASCO Materials Testing System includes everything needed to do tensile testing straight out of the box. The Materials Testing Machine connects to a computer’s USB port using the included PASCO Airlink interface. Six sets of different tensile sample materials (each with 10 samples) are included.

The system is completed by PASCO’s Capstone Software, which has a built-in calibration wizard and all the tools to record and display stress vs. strain, and to apply linear fits to find Young’s Modulus. Also records and plays back webcam movies of the breaking samples, synced to the data.

The software uses automatic variable oversampling, which means when the sampling rate is high, no smoothing is applied, but as the sampling rate is decreased, the program automatically samples at the higher rate and averages the samples.

The Materials Testing Machine measures force with a 7100 N load cell and displacement using an optical encoder.


  • Measures up to 7100 N (1600 lbs)
  • Tabletop design saves lab space
  • Easy to set up and calibrate
  • Minimal maintenance
  • Inexpensive replacement coupons and samples
  • Tensile samples produce fracture surfaces students can study
  • Sync real-time video to data and replay in slow motion
  • Manual hand crank to help students feel material strengths
  • Utilizes PASCO Capstone software
  • Use webcam and video analysis to determine true stress with changing diameter


What’s Included

  • 1x Materials Testing Machine
  • 1x Compliance Calibration Rod
  • 2x Safety Shields
  • 10x Steel Tensile Sample (ME-8243)
  • 10x Aluminum Tensile Sample (ME-8231)
  • 10x Brass Tensile Sample (ME-8232)
  • 10x Annealed Steel Tensile Sample (ME-8233)
  • 10x Acrylic Tensile Sample (ME-8234)
  • 10x Polyethylene Tensile Sample (ME-8235)
  • 1x AirLink (PS-3200)
  • 1x PASCO Capstone Single User License (UI-5401-DIG)

Product Specifications

Load Cell Capacity 7100 N (1600 lbs)
Dimensions 24 x 25 x 51 cm
Lead screw length 38 cm
Machine weight 20 lbs (9 kg)
2 through-holes
14 x 30 cm safety shields (2)

Lab Activities & Experiments

22 Lab Experiments with Capstone Data Files

Supporting Documents

Materials Testing Machine Manual
PASCO AirLink Reference Guide