Micro Materials User Meeting 2021

Micro Materials annual user meeting is back for 2021! Join us on Monday December 13th 2021, 9:00am GMT This online workshop will be an informal chance to hear about advances in the field from NanoTest users, ask questions and discuss ideas in an open forum. It’s an ideal opportunity to learn more about these techniques. With…

Chinese Language Nanoindentation and Dynamic Nanomechanical Testing Seminar

Wednesday, November 24th 2021, 7am – 10am GMT (3pm – 6pm Beijing time) An ideal opportunity to learn about practical applications of nanomechanical testing from NanoTest users and leading experts in the field.The seminar will cover a wide range of topics, including dynamic nano and micro-impact testing as well as novel nanoindentation applications. This is a…

Nano-impact and nanoindentation reveals twin-based toughening mechanisms in protective armour of molluscs

Nature often provides an excellent source of inspiration for the formation of biomimetic engineering materials. In this new publication, researchers at AGH University of Science and Technology, Kraków, used a combination of Micro Materials unique nano-impact test and rapid nanoindentation mapping to investigate the mechanical properties of monocrystalline calcitic prisms of the Pinna Nobilis shell. A typical…

New Book Chapter – Integrated Nanomechanical Characterisation of Hard Coatings

Micro Materials are pleased to have contributed to a chapter in the new “Protective Thin Coatings Technology” CRC Press book. Our work in collaboration with Prof Tomasz Liskiewicz at MMU and Prof Vlad Vishnyakov at Huddersfield on combining advanced experimental techniques in the NanoTest with simulated stress distributions to better understand coating performance in demanding…

Dynamic contact behavior of graphite-like carbon films on ductile substrate under micro-scale impact

In our recent collaborative study published in Surface and Coatings Technology, micro-impact testing revealed marked coating thickness dependent changes in the fracture behavior of graphite-like carbon films on a soft stainless steel substrate subjected to multiple impacts. You can read and download the full paper using the link below: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s42247-021-00255-w You can find out more…

Elevated temperature nanomechanics of coatings for high-temperature applications: a review

In this new publication, Micro Materials Director of Materials Research Prof Ben Beake reviews the state-of-the-art in elevated temperature nanomechanics of coatings for high temperature energy applications. The paper looks at the key factors influencing high temperature measurements and identifies strategies to improve data accuracy. Applications were chosen to highlight their differing requirements in terms of…

Nanoindentation and nano-impact of Zircaloy nuclear fuel cladding

In the recent publication by Vikas Tomar and colleagues at Purdue University (link below), the NanoTest was used to perform nanoindentation and nano-scale impact experiments on hydride precipitates embedded in a zirconium alloy in order to obtain the stress-strain response at temperatures up to 300 C. Zirconium alloys are used for cladding of fuel rods…
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