Location: 3355 Hoover Hall
The Microscopy Lab is the go-to place for optical characterization as well as the determination of hardness- an important material property. Senior design groups heavily use this lab as do many research assistants.
For equipment questions, lab concerns, safety problems, or general help in this room, contact the lab coordinator.
Michelle Grawe, 2220BB Hoover Hall, 515-294-3304
MSE Lab Scheduling Site Metallography Lab Equipment
Digital Rockwell Hardness Tester: The BUEHLER Macromet 3100 is primarily a Rockwell Hardness tester with an automatic start and loading control system with test loads of 60, 100 and 150 kgf.
Inverted Metallurgical Microscope: The Inverted Metallurgical Microscope GX51 can use reflected as well as transmitted light to give bright-, dark-field and polarized light imaging.
Microhardness Tester (Knoop & Vickers indenters): The LECO LM 247AT is a micro-indentation hardness tester with objectives from 2.5X to 100X, and especially useful for determining coating hardness.
Rockwell Type Hardness Tester: The LECO LR-series with its auto-measuring mode can automatically apply major load, with digital display, ready conversion to different hardness scales makes hardness measurements easy.
The Stereomicroscope: The Olympus SZX stereomicroscope has a zoom ratio of 1:12.8 and magnification from 0.7X-9X, giving a total magnification capability of 2.1X-675X.