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MSEL 2001 Programs and Accomplishments: Materials Reliability Division



F R. Fickett, Thomas A. Siewert


The materials Reliability Division's mission is to develop and disseminate measurement methods and standards enhancing the quality and reliability of materials and to provide technical leadership in their introduction to appropriate industries. Our main focus now is to meet the need for measurements related to the ever more stringent materials challenges in the microelectronics market. However, our metrology devices and concepts, and the associated materials science base, continue to cover the range of materials from metals to polymers to ceramics and specimen dimensions ranging from the microscale and nanoscale of electronic packages and their components to the massive structures found in gas pipelines and bridges. Many measurement techniques are brought to bear on the problems, ranging from traditional and advanced ultrasonic testing to advanced transmission electron microscopy, scanned probe microscopy, and new measurements yet to be named. The Division also provides measurements and standards to support the instruments necessary for assuring the accurate determination of impact resistance of structural steels through the standard reference materials (SRM) program.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 6795
Report Number


combinatorial techniques, electromigration, electronic packaging, metals processing, metals processing, standard reference materials, thermal conductivity, ultrasonics, weld processing


Fickett, F. and Siewert, T. (2001), MSEL 2001 Programs and Accomplishments: Materials Reliability Division, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD (Accessed May 27, 2024)


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Created September 1, 2001, Updated October 16, 2008