Stainless Steel Metal Glossary

Tensile Strength, Ultimate Tensile Strength

The maximum load, in tension, that a material can withstand before breaking. It is calculated as a breaking load for a standard cross section area and measured in Newtons per square mm (Nmm-2) or Mega-Pascals (MPa).


The permissible limit, or limits, of variation to a specified parameter such as a dimension or weight per unit length usually expressed as 'plus' or 'minus' value on that quantity.

Tube Hollow, Hollow

Interchangeable terms for a hot finished semi-finished product from either an extrusion or piercing process. They are the feedstock for cold drawing or cold reduced tube production.

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