Ting Yiu Tsui

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An experimental investigation was undertaken to measure the intrinsic elastic properties of several of the microstructural components of human vertebral trabecular bone and tibial cortical bone by the nanoindentation method. Specimens from two thoracic vertebrae (T-12) and two tibiae were obtained from frozen, unembalmed human male cadavers aged 57 and 61(More)
Acoustic microscopy (30-60 microm resolution) and nanoindentation (1-5 microm resolution) are techniques that can be used to evaluate the elastic properties of human bone at a microstructural level. The goals of the current study were (1) to measure and compare the Young's moduli of trabecular and cortical bone tissues from a common human donor, and (2) to(More)
The elastic properties of several microstructural components of dry human vertebrae (T-12 and L-1) and tibiae have been investigated in the longitudinal and transverse directions using nanoindentation. The largest Young's modulus was that for the interstitial lamellae in the longitudinal direction (25.7 +/- 1.7 GPa). This was followed in decreasing order by(More)
One of the most common forms of cohesive failure observed in brittle thin films subjected to a tensile residual stress is channel cracking, a fracture mode in which through-film cracks propagate in the film. The crack growth rate depends on intrinsic film properties, residual stress, the presence of reactive species in the environment, and the precise film(More)
Subcritical delamination of dielectric and metal films from organosilicate glass (OSG) thin films was studied in controlled ambient with different levels of relative humidity and in aqueous environments of varying pH. The material systems studied include OSG/SiO2, OSG/TaN and OSG/SiNx. For both sets of experiments, subcritical crack growth in OSG is found(More)
The nanoindentation technique was used to characterize the variation in the elastic modulus and hardness of human lumbar vertebral cortical and trabecular bone. The elastic modulus (and in most cases, the hardness as well) of axially aligned trabeculae cut in the transverse direction was significantly greater than in other orientations of vertebral cortical(More)
The plane-strain bulge test is used to investigate the mechanical behavior of freestanding electroplated Cu thin films as a function of film thickness and microstructure. The stiffness of the films increases slightly with decreasing film thickness because of changes in the crystallographic texture and the elastic anisotropy of Cu. Experimental stiffness(More)
Organosilicate glass OSG coatings with a range of compositions have been deposited using O2, He, and octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane as a precursor in a plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition process. Rutherford backscattering spectrometry and forward recoil spectrometry were used to determine the composition of the coatings. The measurements show that(More)
Understanding subcritical fracture of low-k dielectric materials and barrier thin films in buffered solutions of different pH value is of both technical and scientific importance. Subcritical delamination of dielectric and metal barrier films from low-k organosilicate glass (OSG) films in pH buffer solutions was studied in this work. Crack path and(More)
The structure and mechanical behavior of organosilicate glass (OSG) coatings have been analyzed as a function of composition and UV irradiation time. A decrease in the OSG carbon content results in more networking bonds and increased connectivity; UV irradiation increases the connectivity by severing weak terminal bonds and stabilizes the network through(More)