Date of Graduation

5-2012

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Degree Level

Undergraduate

Department

Mechanical Engineering

Advisor

Huang, Po-Huang Adam

Reader

Couvillion, Rick J.

Abstract

Rapid prototype polymers are becoming increasingly popular for engineering applications, particularly during the design phase as a quick check for size and fit; however they are not currently widely-used for load-bearing applications. Current research at the University of Arkansas Department of Mechanical Engineering focused on rapid prototyped polymers by doing cyclical tensile testing. The results were analyzed for strain energy and fatigue data. When cycling at lower percentages of ultimate stress, unusual strain energy patterns were observed. This research details testing of metals in order to compare strain energy patterns to those of the rapid prototype polymers.

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