Introduction to Mechanical Properties

Provided by: ToolingU

This class discusses how shear, compression, and tensile stress impact a material's properties, how force is shown on a stress-strain graph, and common methods manufacturers use to test a material's strength. To make quality products, manufacturers must anticipate how a material responds to shaping and cutting forces and understand how that material will ultimately function once it reaches the customer. Evaluating a material's mechanical and physical properties is the first step to choosing reliable tooling and processing methods. After taking Introduction to Mechanical Properties, users will know more about hardness, ductility, and strength, what materials exhibit these characteristics, and common methods a facility might use to test these qualities.

Course Objectives:

  • Describe stress and strain
  • Distinguish between elastic deformation and plastic deformation
  • Define tensile stress, compressive stress, and shear stress
  • Describe aspects of a stress-strain graph
  • List several important mechanical properties
  • Define tensile testing
  • Describe ductility
  • Describe toughness
  • Describe hardness
  • Define the major types of hardness tests.

Recommended Background

  • Recommended for Manufacturing / Material Engineers.

Course ID







Communication, Critical Thinking, Personal Effectiveness, Material Properties, Hardness Tests

Method of Delivery


Estimated Effort

2 hrs



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