Applications

The Alemnis nanoindentation products enable material advancements in a diverse set of applications. Because of its compact design, versatility and performance, the Alemnis nanoindenter provides a platform that can be tailored the characterization of organic, inorganic, soft or hard materials and coatings.

Common applications are in the surface characterization of metals, semiconductors, glasses, ceramics, composites, biomimetic and in vitro biomaterials.

Alemnis collaborates closely with its customers to constantly expand the range of applications and assist with their material research efforts.

Biomaterials

Ceramics and Polymers

Hard coatings and Thin films

MEMS and Semiconductors

In-situ experiments

Experiments at Elevated temperature

In situ micro-compression of a Zr41.2Ti13.8Cu12.5Ni10Be22.5 (at.%) bulk metallic glass (Vitreloy 1) 2 ?m pillar at 100°C

J.M. Wheeler, R. Raghavan and J. Michler, "Temperature invariant flow stress during micro-compression of a Zr-based bulk metallic glass," Scripta Materialia 67 (2012) 125-128.


In situ micro-compression of a micro-double cantilever beam (mDCB) made of a CrAlSiN hard coating to measure its fracture toughness. Tests were performed at the EMPA Laboratory for Mechanics of Materials and Nanostructures in Thun, Switzerland, and samples were fabricated at the University of Cambridge.

S. Liu, J.M. Wheeler, P.R. Howie, X.T. Zeng, J. Michler & W.J. Clegg, "Measuring the fracture resistance of hard coatings," Applied Physics Letters 102 (2013) 171907.


In situ, strain rate jump nanoindentation of ultrafine-grained aluminum at ambient temperature. Tests were performed at the EMPA Laboratory for Mechanics of Materials and Nanostructures in Thun, Switzerland, and samples were fabricated at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg.

J.M. Wheeler, V. Meier, K. Durst, M. Göken & J. Michler, "Deformation mechanisms of ultra-fine-grained aluminum using elevated temperature, strain rate jump indentation," Materials Science and Engineering: A (2013)

Demonstration of an in situ scratch test of a magnesium alloy at elevated temperature.