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strains in membranes

strains in membranes

strains in membranes

(OP)
Can anyone tell me how to measure mechanical & thermal strains in a 5 micron thick polyimide membrane.

Thanks!

RE: strains in membranes

Optical Interference?

May be cross-polarizing?

(pry wont get you quantitative data thou)

RE: strains in membranes

(OP)
Can you provide any links or papers which are published so that I can know more about them.
Thanks!

RE: strains in membranes

Try Buhler/Leco.... Um...

I really was guessing cause i've heard that those methods will show strains in polymers cause the strain causes the polymer to polarize/phase shift light passing through it.

Try back (transmission) illuminating the membrane w/ polarized light and viewing through a polarizer, then rotate.

I'm not really sure how to look at phase shifts in light though. There must be a way but my optics knowledge runs out.

A quick google search yields:

http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/techniques/index.html

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=optical+strain+measurement+polymer+membranes

hope this helps...

nick

RE: strains in membranes

This may not be of any use, but this is about the thickness of your average strain gage which is also made of polymide.

Maybe your material is suitable to have a strain sensitive foil printed on it or you could have a custom strain gage made to insert in place of the current membrane.

Also, here's another link for photostress info:
http://www.vishay.com/test-measurements/photo-stress-plus/

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