Experimental micromechanics in three dimensions
Mechanical testing on the microstructural length scale (micromechanical testing) is critical both for fundamental understanding of deformation and fracture phenomena, and for development, calibration and verification of models for integrated multiscale simulations. The proposed project is aimed at developing a versatile micromechanical testing platform for in-situ use in scanning electron microscopes, based on a micromanipulator with unconstrained movement in three dimensions. This will allow testing in arbitrary directions, compared to the single-axis linear-only movement of traditional solutions, and thus provide unparalleled flexibility in terms of testing methods. A finite element model capable of simulating the piezo-resistive force measurement sensor will be developed to correctly interpret the output signals when the sensor is subjected to loads from arbitrary directions, and approximate analytical models for real-time data analysis will be derived. Using the proposed platform, methods, strategies and documented protocols for both specimen preparation and testing will be developed, covering a number of different representative cases including load path changes in bending, tensile loading and testing of embedded and surface adherent features. The unique flexibility of the proposed set-up, in combination with low cost and low threshold for implementation, will make it widely accessible for both industry and academia.
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- Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF) (Non Profit, Sweden)