Elevated Temperature Mechanical Testing

National Laboratory: 
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Characterization Class: 
Extreme Environment Testing
Mechanical Behavior of Materials

LANL can perform mechanical testing (tensile, compressive, and shear) on materials at temperatures up to 1000°C in vacuum or inert gas. Additional capability exists for doing this at high strain rates (up to 4000/s). Strain is measured using digital image correlation. A proven capability for sheet materials has been developed and proven on advanced, high-strength, steel alloys. In-situ characterization can include digital image correlation (available at both high and low strain rates) and high-speed thermal imaging of deforming specimens.

Capability Bounds: 

Typical tensile specimen size is 16 mm by 4 mm by 0.75 mm. Typical compression height is 5mm diameter x 4mm. Multiple shear geometries employed.

Unique Aspects: 

Mechanical test setup allows for direct measurement of strain on specimens using digital image correlation at elevated temperatures. Long-standing experience employing these techniques to a wide range of metals, alloys, polymers, composites, and ceramics exists at LANL.


No major use limitations.

Single Point of Contact: 

Stuart Maloy, Team Leader, maloy@lanl.gov, 505-667-9783

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  3. C.M. Cady, S-R, Chen, G.T. Gray III, D.A. Korzekwa, and J.F. Bingert, "Dynamic Materials Testing, Texture, and Yield Surface Calculation of an Automotive Sheet Steel" Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A, 31 (2000) 2439-2448.
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