Presented in conjunction with the Fatigue and Fracture of Thin Films and Nanomaterials symposium

WhenSunday, March 3, 2013
Sponsored ByTMS Structural Materials Division
InstructorsVirginia Ferguson, University of Colorado, Boulder; Sandra Korte, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg; and Chris Eberl, Karlsruhe Institute for Technology and Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM


Course Registration Fees* (Advance Rates Valid through February 1, 2013)

Advance Member: $265
Advance Nonmember: $295
Late/onsite Member: $315
Late/onsite Nonmember: $345
* Registration fee includes continental breakfast and coffee breaks.


This tutorial will cover new advances in small-scale mechanical testing techniques with emphasis on measuring environmentally dependent mechanical behavior. In real applications, materials can experience high temperatures and chemically active environments, requiring that the mechanical properties be known in these conditions. Tutorial participants are encouraged to bring applications-related questions for an open panel discussion of testing techniques.

Topical Outline:
  • Nanoindentation Techniques
  • Fatigue of Thin Films
  • Testing at Elevated Temperatures
  • Proper Pillar Compression
  • Chemical and Environmental Effects
  • Open Panel Discussion

PhD students, post-docs, industrial researchers studying mechanical behavior of thin films and small volumes with emphasis on testing in different environments (thermal, wet, cyclic, and chemical environments) are encouraged to attend. Participants will gain a thorough background in nanoindentation techniques as well as learning how nanoindentation can be implemented with environmental control. Finally, with an open panel discussion, specific questions can be addressed by experts in the field.


Virginia Ferguson

Virginia Ferguson (Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, 2001) is Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Colorado, Boulder since 2006. She held a joint postdoctoral appointment in Materials Science at Queen Mary, University of London and Anatomy and Developmental Biology at University College London where she studied mineralized tissues using nanoindentation and quantitative backscattered electron imaging. Her current research examines how tissue microstructure and composition, across the bone—cartilage interface and separately in tissues that fail to end pregnancy prematurely, facilitate effective function in health or contribute to failure with aging and disease. Dr. Ferguson has coauthored ~27 peer-reviewed journal articles and 4 book chapters.

Sandra Korte

Sandra Korte (Ph.D. Materials Science, 2009) is Assistant Professor of Micromechanics of Materials at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany. Prior to taking up her post at Erlangen, she completed her doctoral studies and a subsequent appointment as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge. Her research examines how plastic deformation occurs in hard materials and how the crystal structure determines the plastic properties in complex crystals. In order to suppress cracking in these often very brittle materials, she exploits the size effect on fracture, which allows large plastic strains to be introduced in compression of micro-scale samples of even the most brittle materials. In this context she also pioneered the extension of the micro-compression technique for use at high temperatures in vacuum.

Chris Eberl

Chris Eberl is working in the field of mechanical properties and reliability of small scale materials as well as experimental mechanics for small scale (in situ) testing. His main interest is to understand the mechanical behavior of nanostructured (np, nc, nt), thin film, coating, bio, meta and high temperature materials. Chris Eberl is head of an independent junior research group (SFB499, DFG) at the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology since 2007 and Attract group leader at the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM in Freiburg since 2012. He received a Dipl.-Ing. degree from University of Stuttgart in 2001, worked with O. Kraft and E. Arzt at the MPI-Stuttgart and finished his Doctorate in 2004 with distinction on fatigue at ultra-high frequencies. He worked as Post-Doc with K.J. Hemker and W.N. Sharpe at the Johns Hopkins University and received the Otto-Hahn-Medal from the Max-Planck Society in 2006. He was awarded a stipend from MPI Stuttgart and an independent group leader grant from DFG in 2007 and an Attract group leader grant from Fraunhofer in 2012. He holds an appointment as visiting scientist with the JHU since 2007.