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Using Nanoindenters to Determine Elastic Modulus

Nanoindentation is a ubiquitous analytical technique used to investigate a wide range of material properties. With increasingly compact geometries and high-resolution, nanoindenters can explore the mechanical properties of microscale samples to obtain results that are analogous to the macroscale, bulk …

Ultra-High Strain Rate Testing of Materials

The high strain rate behavior of materials is of enormous interest to product developers and the wider research community. Strain rate testing intersects an extremely wide range of market segments and is relevant to a variety of application areas, providing …

In-Situ Mechanical Testing for Real-Time Materials Characterization

Observing how materials respond to applied stress in their native state is fundamental to understanding their mechanical properties (creep deformation, fracture toughness, hardness, elastic modulus, etc.). Limited insights can be gained from structural and surface analysis of samples before and …

What is a Nanoindenter?

A nanoindenter is a versatile instrument used to test the mechanical properties of materials. Primarily developed for localized hardness testing, nanoindentation is now widely used to measure creep, fracture toughness, elastic modulus, stress relaxation, cracking, di slocation nucleation, and the …

What Properties Can be Measured by Nanoindentation?

Nanoindentation is a unique testing method used to assess various sample properties as a function of extremely small-scale surface deformation. Generally compact in design, nanoindentation systems can be utilized in a diverse set of applications for both organic and inorganic …

Which Indenter Materials are Best for High-Temperature Testing?

Nanoindentation and micro-compression tests are widely used to interrogate the mechanical properties of materials using either load or displacement control via an indenter tip of known geometry. This instrumented indentation principle has evolved from conventional methods of testing hardness, such …

Guide to High Strain Rate Testing

High strain rate testing is essential for characterizing the strain rate sensitive deformation mechanics of materials. In a typical nanoindentation test, a probe tip with sub-micrometer (µm) dimensions is used to apply a load to the sample surface. Subsequent material …

How are Micropillars Produced?

How are Micropillars Produced? Micropillar compression testing is a novel materials characterization technique that has emerged as a supplementary – and, in some instances, replacement – technology to indentation testing. Comparable to nanoindentation in terms of its ability to accurately …