MCL updates during Covid-19

May 20, 2021 Starting May 24, 2021, the University of Utah will no longer require masks inside university buildings. Vaccinated individuals who wish to use the lab may remove their masks in the lab if they feel comfortable with it. Unvaccinated individuals are still encouraged to wear masks while...

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Determination of % Crystallinity in Polymers

*All of the information for this post was gathered from the sources listed below. Please use them for further reading on the subject. The physical properties of a polymeric sample, such as density, ductility, and yeild strength, are all highly dependent on the amount of crystalline material (often called...

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XRD Phi Rotation Scanning

X-ray diffraction (XRD) is a powerful analytical tool for industry professionals and material scientists. A source (typically copper) produces x-rays which are directed at a flat sample. These x-rays are diffracted at certain angles by the crystal planes in the material and are detected at those angles. Based on...

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Heat Capacity by the Sapphire Method

The heat capacity of a material is a crucial property to consider when determining its functionality in certain applications. The typical SI unit of heat capacity (Cp) is Joules per gram Kelvin (). It is a measurement of how sensitive a material is to changes in temperature due to...

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The Universal Reflectance Accessory

Many scientific applications of thin films, thermal and optical coatings, conducting oxide layers, as well as many other systems, require analysis of reflectance, absorption, and transmittance of electromagnetic radiation; specifically visible light and near-visible radiation. Here in the Materials Characterization Lab at the University of Utah, we utilize the...

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Vickers Hardness testing

Hardness is defined as a material’s resistance to permanent deformation such as penetration or scratching. Static indentation tests are one way to determine hardness. For static indentation, a cone, pyramid, or ball is forced into the surface of the material. The relationship between the load applied for a given...

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MCL and NMC combine

Effective on July 1, 2019, the departments of Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Utah have merged into one department administered jointly by the two colleges. More information about that merge can be found on the MSE website. This includes a combination of the...

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