Strength describes the mechanical resistance of a material that resists mechanical stress to prevent cracking, breaking or plastic deformation. If a material has a high strength, it is often difficult to process. A high strength of metals can be achieved by adding alloying elements.


The strength depends on various factors. These are for example:

  • Material type
  • Quality / Condition of the material
  • Type of stress (pressing, bending, pulling etc.)
  • Time frame of the stress

A basic difference is made according to the type of strength.

  • Static and dynamic strength
  • Breaking strength
  • If the load is applied on one or several axes
  • Heat resistance in combination with strength

See also


Elasticity is a material property that provides information about the ability of materials to withstand stress.

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The forgeability of steel depends on the carbon content but also on various alloying elements.

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The hardness defines the mechanical resistance that the material is able to withstand mechanical impact of other materials.

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