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Nanoindentation Process:
During Nanoindentation, an indenter tip is driven into the sample by applying an increasing load up to a targeted value. The measured load is then gradually decreased until partial, or complete, relaxation of the sample has occurred. The load and displacement are recorded continuously throughout this process to produce a load-displacement curve. Adding a pause at maximum load allows studying of creep properties. Other loading modes are possible including constant load multi-cycle for measuring fatigue or plastic-elastic deformation; and increasing load multi-cycle for obtaining properties versus depth; and Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA) used to measure visco-elastic properties of materials.



  • ASTM E384
  • ASTM G171
  • ASTM E2546
  • ASTM B933
  • ASTM D4065
  • ISO 14577
  • DIN 50359


Properties Analyzed During Nanoindentation:

  • Hardness
  • Elastic modulus
  • Hardness & Elastic Modulus vs  Temperature or Humidity
  • Creep & Stress Relaxation with constant load and depth control
  • Stress-Strain Curve from Continuous Stiffness (CSM) and Multi-Load Cycles
  • Recovery Depth
  • Restoration Ratio
  • Loss and Storage Modulus
  • Fracture Toughness
  • Yield Strength
  • Compression
  • Fatigue
  • Puncture Resistance
  • Adhesion Stickiness
  • Frequency & Temperature Sweep DMA
  • Martens Hardness vs Depth
  • Plastic & Elastic Deformations
  • Visual Vickers Hardness and many others possible


Nanoindentation Software Features:

  • Recipes
  • Export Raw Data and Images
  • Real Time Display
  • Automatic Reporting
  • Multi-Language Support
  • Compare Curves and Results on Same or Multi Samples
  • DMA and Continuous Stiffness
  • True Depth and Load Feedback Control Loading


Advanced Nanoindentation Automation:

  • FastMap: Mapping of Hardness & Elastic Modulus (3 sec per indent)
  • Broadview Map Selection Tool: Advanced Mapping on stitched image
  • Automated multi-sample testing (handles height variance of up to 50mm
  • Navigation Plus: User Friendly surface navigation imaging
  • Quick Approach, Auto Surface Detection and Auto Analysis
  • Direct Easy Calibration Tools for Load & Depth
  • Single Indent Area Function (European Patent No. 3076153)
  • Quantifiable quality check for indenter (European Patent No. 3076153)
  • Wizard (Patent Pending): Automatic Test Parameter generator
  • Savable recipes of all macros programmed


Indenters: (Diamond, WC and many other materials)

  • Berkovich
  • Vickers
  • Cube Corner
  • Conical-Spherical
  • Knoop
  • Knife
  • 1 to 6mm balls


Environmental Conditions & Sample(s) Holders:

  • 275°C & 450 °C  Oven
  • Down to -10°C Cooling Chamber
  • Humidity Chamber
  • Liquid Cups
  • 3 Point Bending or Puncture Holder
  • Custom Sample & Indenter Holders