Comprehensive Materials Testing System (MTS)

Product Code: ME-8244


The Comprehensive Materials Testing System includes everything needed to investigate compression and tensile testing, column buckling, three and four-point bending, shear testing, and stress lines with photoelasticity. In addition to everything the Materials Testing Machine provides, the Comprehensive System includes a sturdy, plastic base with convenient storage for all components and accessories.

The Materials Testing Machine measures force with a 7100 N load cell and displacement with an optical encoder. It includes a PASCO Airlink for connecting to a computer through a USB port or Bluetooth, as well as tensile sample sets for testing tension, compression, bending, and photoelasticity.


  • Utilizes PASCO Capstone software
  • Tabletop design saves lab space
  • Easy to set up and calibrate
  • Minimal maintenance
  • Tensile samples produce fracture surfaces students can study
  • 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
  • Two through-holes to secure base to table with bolts


Perform These Experiments

  • Modulus of Elasticity
  • Ultimate Tensile Stress
  • Determine Ductility of Sample
  • Determine True Stress/ True Strain Diagram (with use of video analysis)
  • Compression Test Polymer Samples
  • Perform 3 and 4 Point Bending Tests for a Variety of Materials
  • Shear of Structural Alloy Material Rods


  • Strain Crystallization of Polymers
  • Stress Lines within Photoelastic Beams
  • Column Buckling

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 and the Comprehensive Materials Testing System includes an AirLink to connect to a USB port on a computer.

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

Lab Activities & Experiments

All Materials Testing Labs English 44.36 MB
Lab 01: Introduction to Materials Tester English 2.07 MB
Lab 02: Compliance Calibration Tutorial English 2.15 MB
Lab 03: Tensile Testing of Brass English 2.41 MB
Lab 04: Young’s Modulus English 779.28 KB
Lab 05: Tensile Testing of Annealed Steel English 1.02 MB
Lab 06: Tensile Testing of Metals English 849.24 KB
Lab 07: Tensile Testing of Plastic English 1.29 MB
Lab 09: Three-Point Bending English 1.43 MB
Lab 10: Bend Testing of Round Rod English 1.43 MB
Lab 11: Bend Testing of I-Beams English 1.52 MB
Lab 12: Tensile Testing of I-Beams English 819.07 KB
Lab 13: Column Buckling and Slenderness Ratio English 1,018.48 KB
Lab 14: Euler Column Equation English 1.03 MB
Lab 15: Column Buckling Tensile Samples English 791.92 KB
Lab 16: Compression Testing of Cast Beams English 1.39 MB
Lab 17: Bend Testing of Cast Beams English 2.46 MB
Lab 18: Shear Testing of Round Rod English 2.48 MB
Lab 19: Strength of Materials English 3.21 MB
Lab 20: Photoelasticity English 7.83 MB
Lab 21: Four-Point Bending English 3.53 MB
Lab 22: Compression Testing English 3.35 MB

What’s Included

Product Specifications

Load Cell Capacity 7100 N (1600 lbs)
Lead Screw Length 38 cm
Sturdy Base Cast Aluminum Base with Polyethylene Mounting Board
Dimensions 40 x 40 x 52 cm
Machine Weight 20 lbs (9 kg)
Safety Shields Polycarbonate 14 x 30 cm
Force Resolution 1 N
Position Resolution 0.001 mm

Supporting Documents

Materials Testing Machine Manual English 3.57 MB
Cast Beam Spares Set Manual English 946.96 KB
Materials 10-32 Adapter Manual English 697.38 KB
Materials Bending Accessory Manual English 313.50 KB
Materials Clevis Clip Manual English 832.33 KB
Materials Compression Accessory Manual English 1.46 MB
Materials Coupon Adapter Manual English 410.28 KB
Materials Four-Point Load Anvil Manual English 684.97 KB
Materials Photoelasticity Accessory Manual English 306.81 KB
Materials Shear Accessory Manual English 284.95 KB
Materials Storage Base Manual English 596.12 KB
Materials Structures Beam Adapter Manual English 155.73 KB
Materials Testing Machine Manual English 3.57 MB
PASCO AirLink Reference Guide English 648.11 KB
PASCO Capstone 1.13 Users Guide English 12.83 MB
Plastic Test Coupons Instruction Sheet English 307.83 KB
Stress-Strain Metal Test Coupons Manual English 77.16 KB