Capabilities

This work is facilitated by ADAPT’s advanced characterization center, which includes:

  • Intelligent materials database
  • 3D X-ray tomography and grain mapping
  • Phase and structure analysis
  • Residual stress and texture mapping
  • Thermomechanical testing
  • Metallography
  • Optical metrology
  • Particle analysis
  • Powder research and development

…A variety of selective laser melting and directed energy deposition.

Available Equipment

Zeiss Versa 520 X-Ray Microscope

  • Absorption contrast tomography: resolution to 0.7 µm; up to 160 kV to probe metallic samples up to 4 mm in diameter; automated center shift and reconstruction; automated ring artifact elimination
  • Phase contrast tomography: improved resolution at phase boundaries to distinguish particle dispersions
  • Dual-energy tomography: low- and high-energy scans allow for segmentation based on differential X-ray absorption
  • Diffraction contrast tomography: grain mapping provides crystallographic orientation of samples; grain size approximation enables the peparation of samples for synchrotron experiments

Keyence VHX-5000 High-Performance Optical Microscope

  • 20–5000X magnification
  • Bright field and dark field lighting configuration
  • Polarized/cross-polarized lighting
  • Differential image contrast
  • 50 frame-per-second image processing to produce an infinite depth of field, even at high magnifications
  • 2D stitching to image large areas at high resolution
  • 3D stitching to measure height profiles across large areas
  • Semiautomated grain segmentation, grain shape and grain statistics
  • Profilometry measurements

MTS 370.02 Axial-Torsion Servohydraulic Load Frame

  • 25 kN load capacity
  • Biaxial loading enables examination of the 2D yield surface
  • Combine with 3D DIC (digital image correlation) to measure in- and out-of-plane strain
  • Visually program complex static, quasi-static and dynamic loading, including dwell and cyclic loading

MTS 370.10 Uniaxial Servohydraulic Load Frame

  • 100 kN load capacity
  • Cooled grips for future in situ, high-temperature mechanical testing
  • Alignment fixture ensures compliance with ASTM E1012, GES400 (NADCAP), GE450 and ISOTC 164SC5WG11

 

Mark 10 ESM1500 Electromechanical Load Frame

  • Force measurements up to 6.7 kN
  • 5 N load resolution for 2 mm OD compression cylinders
  • Optical table mount for 3D DIC (digital image correlation) strain measurements
  • Load cells, grips and fixtures for compression and tension

Panalytical Empyrean X-ray Diffractometer

  • Cu and Mo radiation for low- and high-energy XRD
  • Reflection/transmission geometry with rotating sample for improved statistics
  • Spinning capillary
  • Bragg–Brentano optics and focusing geometry
  • Residual strain measurements
  • Cu/Mo focusing mirror and monocapillary 100 µm beam for microdiffraction
  • 5-axis Eulerian cradle for texture mapping
  • SAXS/WAXS
  • Grazing incidence XRD
  • Pair distribution function
  • Galipix 3D area detector
  • In situ stages from -200 to 1100 °C (-328 to 2012 &degF)

MTS Biaxial Load Frame

  • Fully independent, 25 kN, orthogonal loading axes
  • Transportable at 1.3 m wide, 1.3 m high, 0.3 m deep and less than 275 kg
  • Less than 5 µm procession of the rotation axis under full load
  • Designed in collaboration with synchrotron beam line scientists at Argonne National Laboratory to collect far-field high-energy diffraction microscopy (ff-HEDM) data during loading operations
  • Concentricity and angularity calibration fixtures on all four hydraulic actuators

Digital Image Correlation System

  • Macroscopic and microscopic lenses for large and small sample areas, respectively
  • Image resolution options between VGA (640 x 480) and QXGA (2048 x 1536)
  • Measured strain accurate to better than 0.1 microstrain