Crush testing is used to measure the compressive load to crush, shatter, collapses and deform a sample. The test is used on a various products and packaging where crush resistance is important, for example if boxes have to be stacked on top of each other.

Examples of Crush Testing

Depending on the product or sample tested, aim could be either to have a crush resistance below or above a certain point. Below are a few examples.

  • If testing a tablet it would be placed between 2 flat surfaces, the aim would then be to have a crush resistance between two values. If the resistance is too high, it would be difficult to crush in your mouth if it is a chewable tablet. On the other hand, if it is too low, you risk crushing it due to handling.
  • Another example could be bricks or concrete blogs tested for crush resistance, to ensure they can withstand the load naturally being added on them when used in buildings or structures.
  • Cardboard boxes are also often tested, as they will be stacked during shipment, and need to protect the content inside them. Here the test can also be used to compare different box designs or materials.

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