It is with pleasure that I can announce the publication of another fibre-related work, right here (The electronic reprint will be made available after December on this site). [edit: now available from this page] This tensile stage was the result of me not wanting to install a massive Instron stage at a beamline, nor did I want to design a vacuum enclosure that would fit around the business end of such a stage. I had a blast designing it and having it built, despite the time constraints imposed by the fast approaching beamtime. I now have the chance to design and build version two of this stage, and I will keep you posted on the progress of that one.
Do not fret, for I have more software (with documentation!) lined up for presentation on this website soon, but I am still working on the documentation. Please bear with me as I shamelessly promote another publication of mine that came out just days ago. The paper is available here: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.polymer.2010.07.045 It concerns curious observations of oscillations in the scattering pattern from looped single filaments of aramid filaments. As an aside, loading the 12-micron filaments into the microchannel devices is for young eyes only, and even then may be accompanied by expletives. Nevertheless, I am very happy that this is published.