Nano Indentation, Scratch and Wear

Designed with the vision of providing clients with ease of use, longevity with lowmaintenance cost and especially high accuracy; the nano module achieves this with itsunique combination of piezo actuator, ultra sensitive load cell and a large surfacecapacitor ring, all vertically aligned for maximum stiffness. Because it measures directly the actual surface applied load, measurements can uniquely be made in true closedcontrol feedback loop. This feature is essential to react quickly and accurately to fastevents such as during scratch and wear testing or when fractures occur duringindentation. The measurement of the actual load applied ensures also accuracy during fast DMA testing and allows automatic accurate surface detection of the surface. The
ultra sensitive load cell is also straightforward to calibrate with a direct weight scale.

Therefore, every Nano module can be quickly calibrated, by the user, in less than 15minutes for Load, Depth and Compliance. This ensures constant accuracy of the data through time and from one instrument to another. Nanovea achieves high accuracy while others only focus on resolutions. What's best for your applications?
The module provides nanometer-scale testing during nano scratch, nanoindentation and nano wear testing modes. Each mode of testing provides wide range of testing
that can provide properties such as hardness, creep, elastic modulus, stress-strain curves, yield strength, fatigue, loss and storage modulus, fracture toughness, wear rate, friction coefficient, scratch and marring resistance, plastic/elastic deformation among other tests. In combination with integrated x-y motorized table, one can test at very specific locations or do a full mapping of properties across a chosen area. In fact, the unique design of the nano module with the piezo actuator allows accurate indents to be performed in less than 3 seconds which makes full mapping a possibility in an reasonable time frame of a few minutes.
The Nano module is ideal for accurately characterizing thin industrial coatings or films. Examples include thin polymer coatings
for the medical device industry and various thin coatings for the solar and optical lens industries. Another major application of the nano module is the marring of top surfaces such as varnish clear coats used in the automobile industry and other protective
coatings used on portable devices such as mobile electronics.

During Nanoindentation an indenter tip is driven into the sample by applying an increasing load up to a targeted value. The measured load is then gradually decreased until partial, or complete, relaxation of the sample has occurred. The load and displacement are recorded continuously throughout this
process to produce a load-displacement curve. Adding a pause at maximum load allows studying of creep properties. Other loading modes are possible including constant load multi-cycle for measuring fatigue or plastic-elastic deformation; and increasing load multi-cycle for obtaining properties versus depth; and Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA) used to measure visco-elastic properties of materials.

Standards:
• ASTM E384 • ASTM G171 • ASTM E2546 • ASTM B933 • ISO 14577 • DIN 50359

Properties Analyzed During Nanoindentation:
• Hardness • Elastic modulus • Creep • Stress-Strain Curve
• Recovery Depth •
Restoration Ratio
• Loss and Storage Modulus • Fracture Toughness • Yield Strength
• Compression
• Fatigue
• Puncture Resistance
• Adhesion Stickiness
• Frequency Sweep DMA
• Martens Hardness versus Depth • Plastic & Elastic Deformations
• Visual Hardness and many others possible.

Nanoindentation Software Features:
• Recipes
• Export Raw Data and Images
• Real Time Display
• Automatic Reporting
• Multi-Language Support
• Compare Curves and Results

Advanced Nanoindentation Automation:
• FastMap: Mapping of Hardness & Elastic Modulus (3 sec per indent)
• Automatic Testing: Quick Approach, Automatic Surface Detection, Accurate Point of Contact, Average and Standard Deviation of Results
• Wizard: Revolutionary Approach • Automatic Parameter Selection
• Auto Calibration: Ensures Accurate Data
• Multi Sample Handling
• Seamless and Accurate Movement between AFM, Optical Profiler, Microscope and Indenter
Indenters: (Diamond, WC and many other materials)
• Berkovich • Vickers • Cube Corner • Conical-Spherical • Knoop • Knife
• 1 to 6mm balls Sample(s) Holders and Environmental