Tensile Cryostat for the Temperature Range 4° to 300°K

  • R. M. McClintock
  • K. A. Warren
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Cryogenic Engineering book series (ACRE, volume 6)


Interest in tensile studies on solids at very low temperatures has increased in recent years for many reasons. Basic studies of this kind, in conjunction with other auxiliary methods of investigation, are extremely illuminating in the progress toward a complete theory of the flow and fracture of metals. At low temperatures, thermally activated processes can be controlled so that other, less energetic effects can be observed. Repeated, discontinuous yielding of metals, for example, has been reported at 4.2°K by Wessel [1], by Blewitt et al. [2], and by Hull and Rosenberg [3] in metals not previously suspected of having a yield point. Also, in order to study the full effect of irradiation on the mechanical properties of metals, tensile experiments must be carried out at low temperatures since some radiation effects anneal out at temperatures considerably below room temperature. Although work of this nature has not yet been reported in the literature. the low temperatures at which radiation damage anneals are well established (see, for example, Reference [4]).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. M. McClintock
    • 1
  • K. A. Warren
    • 1
  1. 1.CEL National Bureau of StandardsBoulderUSA

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