High Strain Rate Tension Testing

Polymers are frequently required to endure impact events with strain rates exceeding 100/s.  There is frequently little information available on the rate-dependent mechanical behavior of a material, especially at intermediate to high strain rates from 5/s to 10,000/s.

Veryst Engineering has developed a comprehensive suite of services for testing, modeling, and validating the high strain rate behavior of polymers.

Veryst’s high strain rate testing and modeling capabilities are suitable for all classes of polymers:

  • Thermoplastics (PEEK, PC, ABS, etc.) 
  • Thermosets
  • Elastomers/rubbers 
  • Thermoplastic elastomers (TPE, TPV, TPU, etc.)
  • Foams (open or closed-cell)
  • Adhesives
  • Biomaterials
High strain rate tension testing data
Experimental data for an unfilled PEEK material<br/>across six decades of strain rate


Veryst has developed a custom designed and built drop tower to measure the tensile response of polymers.  The drop tower is capable of testing all polymers in tension up to 1000/s and at strains up to 1000%, including material failure. 

Veryst has used the drop tower to test hundreds of materials, including thermoplastics and thermosets, elastomers, natural rubbers, foams, and adhesives. 

Veryst Engineering’s custom-built drop tower, shown here, is capable of testing polymers in tension at strain rates up to 1000/s. 

For a customized quotation, please write to us at testing@veryst.com.



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