When developing new materials, the characterization of mechanical properties becomes extremely important. Many different measurements as well as the nature of the material to be characterized dictate what parameters are needed and to what extent. Among the challenges encountered during the characterization of a material’s thermal patterns is the need for both high spatial and temporal resolution. Infrared imaging provides information about surface temperature that can be attributed to the stress response of the material and breaking of chemical bonds. This application note covers the process of performing tensile and shear tests on an variety of materials using high-speed and high-definition infrared imaging. Download the full paper for more on how the Telops FAST-IR 2K and the Telops HD-IR cameras assisted in this characterization.