Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 50, Issue 21, pp 7058–7063

Micropillar compression testing of powders

  • Emily L. Huskins
  • Zachary C. Cordero
  • Christopher A. Schuh
  • Brian E. Schuster
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10853-015-9260-1

Cite this article as:
Huskins, E.L., Cordero, Z.C., Schuh, C.A. et al. J Mater Sci (2015) 50: 7058. doi:10.1007/s10853-015-9260-1


An experimental design for microcompression on individual powder particles is proposed as a means of testing novel materials without the challenges associated with consolidation to produce bulk specimens. This framework is demonstrated on an amorphous tungsten alloy powder, and yields reproducible measurements of the yield strength (4.5 ± 0.3 GPa) and observations of the deformation mode (in this case, serrated flow by shear localization).

Funding information

Funder NameGrant NumberFunding Note
Defense Threat Reduction Agency
  • HDTRA1-11-1-0062
Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education
  • 1120-1120-99
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship
    • 11-24

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    Authors and Affiliations

    1. 1.Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education Postdoctoral Fellowship ProgramArmy Research LaboratoryAberdeen Proving GroundUSA
    2. 2.Department of Materials Science and EngineeringMITCambridgeUSA
    3. 3.RDRL-WML-H, Weapons and Materials Research DirectorateArmy Research LaboratoryAberdeen Proving GroundUSA
    4. 4.Mechanical Engineering DepartmentUnited States Naval AcademyAnnapolisUSA

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