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Explanation: is, of course, the literal translation, which is about as far as one can go absent any context. However: this phrase is often used in engineering to describe how a material (metal, wood, concrete, or another composite) behaves when subjected to maximum stress and/or strain. If that fits your context, go with it...!
Heathcliff United States Local time: 23:33 Native speaker of: English PRO pts in pair: 953