Physical test

A physical test is a qualitative or quantitative procedure that consists of determination of one or more characteristics of a given product, process or service according to a specified procedure.[1] Often this is part of an experiment.

Physical testing is common in physics, engineering, and quality assurance.


Physical testing might have a variety of purposes, such as:

Performance testing

Some physical testing is performance testing which covers a wide range of engineering or functional evaluations where a material, product, or system is not specified by detailed material or component specifications. Rather, emphasis is on the final measurable performance characteristics. Testing can be a qualitative or quantitative procedure. Many Acceptance testing protocols employ performance testing e.g. In the stress testing of a new design of chair.

Examples of performance testing

See also


  1. ASTM E 1301, Standard Guide for Proficiency Testing by Interlaboratory Comparisons
  • Pyzdek, T, "Quality Engineering Handbook", 2003, ISBN 0-8247-4614-7
  • Godfrey, A. B., "Juran's Quality Handbook", 1999, ISBN 007034003X
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