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

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Parts Available Separately

Materials System Storage Base ME-8229
Bending Accessory ME-8237
Flat Coupon Fixture ME-8238
Shear Accessory ME-8239
Shear Samples ME-8240
Photoelasticity Accessory ME-8241
Structures Beam Fixture ME-8242
Clevis Grip ME-8245
10-32 Adapter ME-8246
Compression Accessory ME-8247
Compression Samples ME-8248
Four-point Load Anvil ME-8249

Replacement Parts

Aluminum Tensile Sample ME-8231
Brass Tensile Sample ME-8232
Annealed Steel Tensile Sample ME-8233
Acrylic Tensile Sample ME-8234
Polyethylene Tensile Sample ME-8235
Steel Tensile Sample ME-8243

Also Available

Comprehensive Materials Testing System ME-8244
Materials Testing Machine ME-8236

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

Support Documents