Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Due to the increased use of 3D printed acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) plastic parts, a way to quantify the failure energy (energy needed to initiate cracking) is needed. Impact tests at high rates of loading are performed to determine failure energy. Throughout testing, specimens are monitored with high speed cameras to perform camera-based deformation measurements. Data acquisition and processing methods to calculate failure energy using crack opening displacement, and loading rates are developed to enable further use by Dr. Ryan Berke’s lab at Utah State University.
Stolinski, Christopher, "Inter-Laminar Fracture of 3D-Printed Plastics - Development of Methods" (2018). All Graduate Plan B and other Reports. 1344.
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