Research Interests

Dr. Chen's research interests include advanced materials (bio- and nano-materials, composites, etc.) and other critical engineering materials, and their mechanical properties, fatigue, fracture, deformation, physical metallurgy, phase transformation, microstructural characterization, materials processing, welding, brazing, stress corrosion cracking, corrosion fatigue, failure analysis and life prediction.


Research Equipment

  1. Instron 8801 fatigue testing system with three load cells of different capacities and various accessories.
  2. JEOL 6380LV scanning electron microscope (SEM), equipped with Oxford energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), and electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD), as well as three-dimensional (3D) surface imaging and analysis capacity, where the EBSD and EDS can also be used either independently or simultaneously.
  3. PANalytical X-ray diffractometer (XRD), with functions of phase identification, phase quantification, crystallographic texture determination, residual stress measurement, microdiffraction, in conjunction with a vacuum and heating system for high-temperature measurements.
  4. Rotating bending fatigue machine.
  5. Nikon optical microscope.
  6. Nikon macroscopic imaging system.
  7. Vernier traveling/measuring microscope.
  8. Clemex quantitative image analysis.
  9. Polaron SC7620 sputter coating system.
  10. Digital Rockwell hardness tester.
  11. Buehler microhardness tester (Vickers and Knoop).
  12. United tensile testing machine.
  13. Admet tensile testing machine.
  14. Charpy impact tester.
  15. Ultrasonic spot welding system.
  16. High-temperature vacuum furnace.
  17. Princeton Applied Research potentiostat/galvanostat.
  18. Inert gas atmosphere furnace, and other heat treatment furnaces.
  19. Various metallographic preparation facilities, including automatic polisher and electropolishing set-up.