Destructive testing

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destructive testing

[di′strək·tiv ′test·iŋ]
(engineering)
Intentional operation of equipment until it fails, to reveal design weaknesses.
A method of testing a material that degrades the sample under investigation.

Destructive testing

Testing materials by methods that destroy them in the process, such as compression tests of concrete and loading structures to failure.
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BS EN ISO 9016: Destructive tests on welds in metallic materials.
Smith, chief materials engineer Technical Services: Physical testing of rubber including stress/strain tests, time-dependent tests, destructive tests, durability, as well as acoustical, vibration, hydraulic seal and hose testing, chemical anaylsis of rubber
A variety of other destructive tests can be performed on a casting to determine physical and mechanical properties, but like all destructive testing techniques, they should be used judiciously.