Faculty Advisor

Sisson, Richard D.


Quantitative microscopy is used to evaluate mechanical properties through measurement of components such as: grain, gamma prime, carbide and porosity size distribution. These properties of high temperature metals, such as the Nickel-based Superalloy IN100 used by Pratt & Whitney, are essential to the performance of the material. In the past, measurement of these features was predominately done manually, requiring many hours for a large number of micrographs in order to achieve the accuracy needed. This project examined the automation and validation of the enhancement and measurement of IN100's material properties using Adobe Photoshop.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2006


Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering