MicroMaterials latest nano-mechanical testing conference took place on 13th and 14th December 2018, kindly hosted by IMM (Institute of Metallurgy & Metal Physics) at RWTH Aachen University in northwest Germany.
Sixty participants from 7 countries attended the event, opened by Professor Dr Sandra Korte-Kerzel, Chair of Materials Physics and Director of the Institute for Metallurgy and Metal Physics at RWTH Aachen University, whose keynote presentation entitled “Indentation under extreme conditions – high rates, high temperatures and electric currents” gave an insight into how the wide ranging capabilities of MML’s nanoindenter instrument, the NanoTest, allow RWTH researchers to carry out testing in conditions that closely match those experienced in service.
Sandra’s team achieved a notable first last year, with the publication of their paper describing nanoindentation carried out at temperatures up to 1000° C.
Further talks were given by experts from Europe’s leading research institutes and universities including BAM, IMDEA,TU Munich and KIT, covered a wide range of topics including intrinsic stresses, advanced micro- mechanical testing techniques for hard coatings, the effects of nitrogen doping on thin films, and nano impact testing. Dr Jeff Wheeler, of ETH Zürich showed how the skies can – literally – be the limit for nanoindentation as a technique, when he presented results obtained from mechanical property mapping of nickel-iron meteorites.
During the first day of the conference, attendees had also taken the opportunity to update their existing knowledge in workshop sessions with MML applications specialists and to tour the Department’s laboratory facilities before enjoying a festive Glühwein at the Christmas market in Aachen’s atmospheric Old Town, followed by a formal conference dinner.
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