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This article discusses stress relaxation testing on metallic materials, as covered by ASTM E 328. It reviews the two types of stress relaxation tests performed in tension, long-term and accelerated testing. The article illustrates load characteristics and data representation for stress relaxation testing used for the most convenient and common uniaxial tensile test. It concludes with information on compression testing, bend testing, torsion testing, and tests on springs.

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D.A. Woodford, Stress Relaxation Testing, Mechanical Testing and Evaluation, Vol 8, ASM Handbook, Edited By Howard Kuhn, Dana Medlin, ASM International, 2000, p 398–404,

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