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…

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…
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