New Article: Nano- and Micro-Scale Impact Testing of Hard Coatings: A Review

A new article by Professor Ben Beake, “Nano- and Micro-Scale Impact Testing of Hard Coatings: A Review” has been published in Coatings as part of the Special Issue 10th Anniversary of Coatings: Invited Papers in Surface Characterization, Deposition and Modification section, and is available to view online for free. Click on the link below to…

New Dynamic Mechanical Compliance Testing Tech Note

Our new Dynamic Mechanical Compliance Testing (DMCT) module offers an improved approach using an additional 0-500 mN dynamic loading head with software and hardware features enabling a greater control of oscillation parameters, producing more reliable data. The module can be used for (i) depth profiling of mechanical properties (hardness, elastic modulus, H/E, contact stiffness) using…

Micro Materials exhibiting at ICMCTF 2022

Come and visit us at this year’s International Conference on Metallurgical Coatings and Thin Films – booth #221 – to catch up on the latest developments including the new scratch module and the new DMCT capability. There will also be the opportunity to attend Prof Ben Beake’s talk on Tuesday May 24th at 3pm in…

Advanced Scratch Testing Module for Platform 5

The scratch and wear module for the NanoTest Vantage has recently been revamped and improved for the new Platform 5, enabling NanoTest users to make the most of the technical advantages of the NanoTest high lateral rigidity and thermal stability. The tech note below describes the new features of the enhanced scratch module with a…

Pushing boundaries in micromechanical testing of aerospace composites

Multiscale modelling of composites starts from the in situ micromechanical testing of the composite constituents. In this application note, novel techniques for high strain rate testing of the matrix and fibre-matrix interface are presented, together with a novel technique for fibre-matrix interface fracture energy characterization. DYNACOMP App Note PDF – Nano-impact testing of polymer composites…

Electrical Contact Resistance (ECR) Tech Note

The electrical contact resistance (ECR) module measures the electrical current and voltage between an electrically conductive indenter and sample during any of the nano/micro mechanical measurements (nanoindentation, nano-scratch, nano-impact, nano-fretting, reciprocating nano-wear) possible on the NanoTest Vantage. The tech note (linked below) describes two case studies using the ECR module: Electrical Contact Resistance Tech Note…

New NanoTriboTest Application Note

As single-asperity contacts, nanotribological tests provide unique insights into the roles of test severity and type, surface topography and mechanical properties on friction and wear. The NanoTriboTest enables rapid high-cycle linear reciprocating nano-scale wear tests to be performed with track lengths up to 40 mm, further extending the range of nanotribological tests possible with the…
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