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In situ thermomechanical testing for micro/nanomaterials

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  12 August 2011

Wonmo Kang
Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1206 West Green Street, Urbana, Illinois 61801
M. Taher A. Saif*
Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1206 West Green Street, Urbana, Illinois 61801
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A novel method for the in situ thermomechanical test of micro/nanoscale samples at high temperature is presented. During the in situ test, the stage is resistively heated while the temperature is measured by a cofabricated temperature sensor. For experimental demonstration of the thermomechanical testing method, we fabricate the Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) stage using silicon carbide (SiC) and carry out in situ uniaxial tests for single-crystal silicon (SCS) microsamples at temperatures from room temperature to 400 °C. We recover the known elastic modulus of SCS within 1% error in this temperature range.

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