Tensile Testing of Nanoscale and Macroscale Metal Samples

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This document is a sophomore materials science and engineering tensile testing laboratory handout (Fall 2014) that introduces students to the atomic-level processes that are responsible for plastic deformation. By performing standard tensile tests on a ductile metal in conjunction with molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, the goal is to help students understand the relationship between macroscopic plastic behavior and the underlying atomic-level mechanisms that involve dislocation motion to facilitate slip along closely-packed planes.

An updated version of the lab (Fall 2015) is available.

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  • Aisling Coughlan, Kendra A. Erk, David Ray Johnson, Tanya Faltens, Alejandro Strachan, Heidi A Diefes-Dux (2015), "Tensile Testing of Nanoscale and Macroscale Metal Samples," http://nanohub.org/resources/22116.

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