Mechanical Testing

Andrew Buyers, Kris Dunn, Tim O’Meara, James Valliant, and Lori Walters developed an innovative approach to undertake mechanical testing on irradiated materials. 

 Due to the small size of the specimens, conventional tensile testing would not provide mechanical properties with sufficient accuracy. As a result, they successfully developed a highly accurate method of mechanical testing, based on Digital Image Correlation (DIC), the first time that the technique was applied on highly active specimens within a shielded facility.