Testing Services and Pricing Structure

The MCL was established through the Center for Manufacturing Research to provide support for Tennessee’s industrial and engineering community in meeting the challenge of technology development. As the need to understand manufacturing processes grows, so too do the requirements for an interdisciplinary approach to research and development for material characterization and analysis. One of the MCL’s integral functions is to provide a working interface between the university and industry. This includes strong interactions with the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Testing Laboratory, as well as other university departments and colleges. This also includes well-established procedures for handling proprietary information in conjunction with private firms.

In some cases industrial testing requirements may require extensive or long-term needs for use of CMR testing capabilities. The Equipment Affiliateship program was designed to provide additional value to industries that anticipate extensive testing by reducing equipment usage fees based on an up-front payment to the CMR.

ServicesPrices (Effective till June 30, 2014)
Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope $130/hr (1 hr. minimum)
JEOL 733 Microprobe Analyzer $130/hr (1 hr. minimum)
Conventional Specimen Mounting (1.25” diameter specimen) $80 /specimen (includes $40/specimen equip. usage)
Unconventional Specimen Mounting (< 3” diameter) $125/specimen (includes $40/specimen equip. usage)
Oversize Specimen Mounting (> 3” diameter) $40/hr + materials (minimum $125)
Digital Imaging on Inverted Microscope $40/hr + $15 for report on all image analyses (minimum $55)
Micro Hardness Profile $25/specimen + $15 for report on all specimen
Sputter coating $25/specimen
Overhead Charges 25% applied to total costs
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