Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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tensile energy absorption

The ability of a material, such as paper, to absorb energy in tension. The property is proportional to the area between the load-elongation curve and the elongation axis, and is expressed in energy units per unit area of material, e.g., foot-pounds/square foot, kilograms-centimeter/square centimeter, etc. Measurement of tensile energy absorption has been recommended as an effective means of determining the deterioration of paper; to date, however, it has not received widespread acceptance. (17 )

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