Terminology - T

  • TAINTER GATE: See Radial Gate.
  • TAINTER VALVE: A radial type gate used in a submerged location, such as in a navigation lock, that is used to open or close water passages which floor or drain the lock.
  • TEAR STRENGTH: The maximum load required to tear apart a specified specifmen. The load acting substantially parellel to the major axis of the test specimen.
  • TENSILE STRENGTH: The maximum tensile stress applied during stretching to rupture a specimen.
  • TENSILE STRESS: The applied force per unit of the original cross-sectional area of a specimen.
  • TENSILE STRESS AT GIVEN ELONGATION: The tensile stress required to stretch a unifrom section of a specimen to a given elongation.
  • TENSION SET: The extension remaining after a specimen has been stretched and allowed to retract.
  • TESTING: An element of inspection that generally denotes the determination of the properties and components, including functional operation. Involves the application of established scientific principles, procedures, and equipment.
  • THERMOPLASTIC RUBBER: Rubber that does not require chemical vulcanization and will repeatedly soften when heated and stiffen when cooled. This type of rubber will exhibit only slight loss of original characterstics.
  • THERMOSETTING RUBBER: Chemically vulcanized rubber that cannot be remelted or remolded without destroying its original characteristis.
  • TRASH RACK: A metal grid structed placed upstream of a gate such as an intake gate to catch trash and debris from entering a water passage where it could damage equipment such as a turbine.