Title

Mechanical Property Testing Apparatus for use in a Scanning Electron Microscope

Date of Award

5-2008

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Major Professor

Don W. Dareing

Committee Members

J.A.M. Boulet, George W. Pharr

Abstract

The purpose of this design project is to develop a mechanical testing device to work in conjunction with a scanning electron microscope [SEM]. The objective of this work was to be able to perform a mechanical property measuring test and observe the small scale physical behavior of the sample with the SEM as the test progresses. The design process is presented from concept development through to the completion of the prototype device. Test data was acquired and analyzed and the results are compared to standard values for the materials being tested. Recommendations for future improvements in the next generation of the device are provided.

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