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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, dislocation nucleation, and the viscoelastic …

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, nanoindenter 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 …