Materials Testing Machine

Product Code: ME-8236


Measure force and displacement for various materials as they are stretched, compressed, sheared, or bent. Investigate material properties including Young’s Modulus, Tensile Strength, Yield Strength, Ductility and Modulus of Resilience.

The Materials Testing Machine measures force with a 7100 N load cell and displacement with an optical encoder. It runs on PASCO Capstone software, which has a built-in compliance calibration wizard and has all the tools to record and display stress vs. strain, apply linear fits to find Young’s Modulus, and to record and play back webcam movies of the breaking samples, synced to the data.

Workbooks include all instructions needed to perform the experiment:

  • Introduction and theory
  • Setup instructions
  • Detailed analysis and summary questions



  • Inexpensive samples make it possible for each student to experience it firsthand
  • Tabletop design saves lab space
  • Easy to set up and calibrate
  • Minimal maintenance
  • Inexpensive replacement coupons and samples
  • Sync real-time video to data and replay in slow motion
  • Manual hand crank to help students feel material strengths
  • Utilizes PASCO Capstone software

How It Works

The Materials Testing Machine has a built-in load cell (strain gauge transducer) capable of measuring up to 7100 newtons (N) of force (1600 pounds), and an optical encoder module that measures displacement of the load bar. A crank-and-gear system raises or lowers the load bar on two leadscrews (also known as power screws or translation screws). Force data from the load cell and displacement data from the encoder module can be recorded, displayed, and analyzed by a PASCO Interface with PASCO Data Acquisition Software.

The sensor cable from the Materials Testing Assembly connects to a PASPORT input port.

The Materials Testing Assembly includes a calibration rod and nut, a load bar round nut, and a pair of safety shields with Velcro® hook material.

What’s Included

  • 1x Machine
  • 1x Compliance calibration rod
  • 1x Safety shields


The following labs are available as downloadable zipped folders. Each contains a .pdf lab setup file and a Capstone data file.

Lab 01 – Intro to Materials Tester (zipped folder 2 MB)

Lab 02 – Compliance Calibration Tutorial (zipped folder 2.2 MB)

Lab 03 – Tensile Testing – Brass (zipped folder, 2 MB)

Lab 04 – Young’s Modulus (zipped folder, 779 KB)

Lab 05 – Tensile Testing – Annealed Steel (zipped folder, 1 MB)

Lab 06 – Tensile Testing – Metals (zipped folder, 849 KB)

Lab 07 – Tensile Testing – Plastic Coupons (zipped folder, 1 MB)

Lab 08 – Tensile Testing – Plastic Samples (zipped folder, 2 MB)

Lab 09 – Three Point Bending (zipped folder, 1.5 MB)

Lab 10 – Round Rod Bending (zipped folder, 1.5 MB)

Lab 11 – Bend Testing Beams (zipped  folder, 2 MB)

Lab 12 – Tensile Testing Beams (zipped folder, 819 KB)

Lab 13 – Column Buckling and Slenderness Ratio (zipped folder, 1 MB)

Lab 14 – Euler Column Buckling (zipped folder, 1 MB)

Lab 15 – Column Buckling Tensile Samples (zipped folder, 792 KB)

Lab 16 – Compression Testing Cast Beams (zipped folder, 1421 KB)

Lab 17 – Bend Testing Cast Beams (zipped folder, 2518 KB)

Lab 18 – Shear Testing Round Rods (zipped folder, 909 KB)

Lab 19 – Strength of Materials (zipped folder, 3 MB)

Lab 20 – Photoelasticity (zipped folder, 7.83 MB)

Lab 21 – Four Point Bending (zipped folder 2.30 MB)

Lab 22 – Compression Testing (zipped folder, 3 MB)


  • 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)

Supporting Documents

Materials Testing Machine Manual  English  3.57 MB