A Novel Test Method for Measuring Mechanical Properties at the Small-Scale: The Theta Specimen
George D. Quinn, Lin-Sien H. Lum, Dan Xiang, Ajitkumar Jillavenkatesa, Li Ma, Douglas T. Smith
A test method has been developed for measuring mechanical properties of material structures at the small-scale. Round or hexagonal rings are compressed vertically on their ends thereby creating a uniform tension stress in a horizontal crossbar that serves as the gauge section. The compression loading scheme is simple and eliminates the need for special grips. A conventional nanoindentation hardness machine serves as a small-scale universal testing machine that applies load and monitors displacement. Prototype miniature silicon specimens were fabricated by deep reactive ion etching (DRIE) of a single crystal wafer and were tested to fracture. Finite element analysis confirmed that the stress distribution was very uniform in the web portion of the specimen. The theta specimen is a versatile configuration and has great potential for use with a variety of materials and for testing extremely small structures.
29th International Conf. On Advanced Ceramics & Composites
, Lum, L.
, Xiang, D.
, Jillavenkatesa, A.
, Ma, L.
and Smith, D.
A Novel Test Method for Measuring Mechanical Properties at the Small-Scale: The Theta Specimen, 29th International Conf. On Advanced Ceramics & Composites
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