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Master of Science


Department of Engineering Physics

First Advisor

Abigail A. Bickley, PhD

Second Advisor

Nicholas Herr, PhD


The transverse modulus of single strand carbon fibers is measured using PeakForce Atomic Force Microscopy - Quantitative Nanomechanical Measurement to less than 5 percent error for 11 types of carbon fiber with longitudinal moduli between 924-231 GPA, including export-controlled fibers. Statistical methods are employed to improve the quality of data to exclude outliers within an measurement and within the sample set. A positive linear correlation between the longitudinal and transverse modulus with an R2=0.76 is found. Pitch-based fibers exhibit lower measurement error than PAN-based fibers, while PAN fibers exhibited no apparent modulus correlation when the Pitch fibers are excluded. Three alternative methods for calculating the transverse modulus using the raw instrument data were studied. Two methods approximated the indentation force curve, while the third performs a linear fit to the measured force curves.

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