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Mechanical and Materials Characterization

This facility contains a large variety of equipment to characterize the mechanical and physical properties of a wide range of materials. The facility focuses on using the many materials characterization aspects to perform failure analyses on components. Samples can be analyzed to determine the failure mode, and solutions to prevent further problems. Samples can be also prepared for the Electron Microscopy or X-ray Diffraction Facilities, if necessary.

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  1. DSC 204 F1 Phoenix

    Differential Scanning Calorimeter thermal analysis system. 

  2. Mettler Toledo FP900

    Thermal system with a FP 82 microscope hot stage to observe the thermal behavior of a sample under a microscope. The temperature range of the stage is room temperature to 375° C

  3. Olympus BX51

    Polarizing microscope which includes differential interference contrast capabilities is available for sample viewing, and image analysis capabilities. Photographs may be taken as computer image using a DP73 digital camera in transmission and reflection modes.