ASTM D5034 is a common testing standard for individuals who need to determine the breaking strength and elongation of woven, non-woven, and felted fabrics and textiles. A Universal Testing Machine with specialized grips and a controller are needed to conduct this testing standard.
This summary is meant to provide a background of the test procedure and the equipment needed to perform ASTM D5034. Before conducting the test, it is necessary to read the entire specification from the relevant ASTM publication.
Use cutting tools to carve the fabric into a rectangular shape. The longer side should be parallel to the direction that is to be tested. Drawing a line down the long segment of the textile will ease the alignment of the sample into the grips.
Once the specimen is prepared, load and secure it into a pair of clamps. A Manual Vise grip would be the most appropriate fixture for this testing standard.
Start moving the grips apart at the specified rate.
Stop the test once the specimen breaks or ruptures.