Measurement Team

Materials measurement outputs defined values for various properties of materials—an example of this is an analytical balance, which outputs a numerical mass. The Measurement Team conducts testing for tensile and compressive strength, microhardness, contact angles, UV-Vis absorbance, and thermal properties.

The Measurement Team is led by Seneca Stevens. Please contact Seneca for more information!

Equipment List:

Mark-10 ESM 303 Mechanical Tester

Located in Love 169

The ESM 303 is a mechanical testing frame capable of testing materials under tensile, cyclic, compressive, and 3-point bending modes. This machine has several load cells: a 1500 Newton, a 500 Newton, a 25 Newton, and a 50 milliNewton load cell.

Instron 5967 Mechanical Tester

Located in Love 169

The Instron is a mechanical testing frame capable of testing materials under tensile, compressive, and 3-point-bending modes. This machine is equipped with a 30 Kilo-Newton load cell.

Leco Microhardness Tester

Located in Love 169

View: LM 248 AT MILL SOP

View: LM 248 AT Video Tutorial

The LM 248 AT is a hardness tester that is designed to measure the hardness of materials on the microscopic level.  The machine can magnify a surface as much as 50X and measure the Knoop and Vickers hardness of a sample.

Linseis Chip  DSC (Differential Scanning Calorimeter)

Located in Love 176

The Linseis DSC (differential scanning calorimeter) is a thermal testing instrument used for measurements of material properties such as transformation temperatures, enthalpies of transformation, and heat capacities. It is capable of measuring temperatures up to 500 degrees Celsius and can use both solid and liquid specimens.

Thermogravimetric Analyzer (TGA)

Coming Fall 2021!

FLIR Infrared Camera

Located in Love 176

Infrared Cameras are used for thermal imaging and display the surface temperature of object in a heat map. The primary use of the FLIR Infrared Camera is for imaging heat transfer in electronic components.

Avantes UV-Vis Spectrophotometer

Located in Love 176


The UV-Vis Spectrophotometer is a machine that can measure many optical properties of a sample. These properties include transmittance, absorption, and reflectance of light. The spectroscope is able to analyze both solid and liquid specimens. The machine runs through the AvaSoft 8 software.

ramé-hart Contact Angle Goniometer

Located in Love 176
View: Contact Angle SOP

The ramé-hart Contact Angle Goniometer is capable of analyzing of the contact angle, wetting, and adhesion of water and solutions on solid surfaces.

VWR Analytical Balances

Located in Love 176

The MILL has a scale sensitive to +/- 0.0001 grams.  It is useful for determining density by Archimedes method and can be used to take measurements over time.  For example, it could be used to measure the rate at which a liquid evaporates.