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**"Tensile stress"**stress which pulls, as distinct from compression.

The tensile stress results from a force that would result in elongation of a material. The critical tensile stress for HTS wire is the amount of tensile stress that can applied to the wire before the critical current is reduced below a specified level (such as 95% Ic retention).

a stress applied to stretch a test piece (specimen).

the ratio of tensile force to the cross-sectional area perpendicular to the force.

the ratio of the magnitude of an applied force to the cross-sectional area to which it is applied

The force applied to a test specimen to produce strain.