Micro- and Nanoscale Tensile Testing of Materials

  • Author:

    D. S. Gianola, C. Eberl

  • Source:

    JOM, Band 61, Seiten 24-35 (2009)

  • This article reviews concepts and techniques for performing instrumented tensile testing of materials at small dimensions. State-of-the-art methods to probe tensile behavior of micro- and nanoscaled materials span many orders of magnitudes of force and displacement, often requiring a custom solution for each new material discovery. We discuss the experimental opportunities, challenges, and pitfalls in concert with the scientifi c insights revealed from tensile investigations at length scales where conventional wisdom is challenged on how materials deform.