Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Mechanical Engineering

Major Professor

Don W. Dareing

Committee Members

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


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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