Faculty Advisor

Furlong-Vazquez, Cosme

Abstract

Nanoindentation is a process characterized by the continuous measurement of the force applied to and the resulting displacement of a sample. Commercial indenters are cost-prohibitive; therefore, a low-cost module using a unique inverse method of nanoindentation was developed. Using this method, the force and displacement data are obtained indirectly from the interferometer images. A final design was selected, analyzed, and constructed. Lastly, a series of indentation events were performed, validating both the mechanism and the approach to nanoindentation.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2008

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

Advisor Program

Mechanical Engineering

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