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Category: Scratch Testing | Cohesive Failure

 

Industrial Coating Scratch & Wear Evaluation

The wear process of the acrylic urethane floor paints with different topcoats is simulated in a controlled and monitored manner using the Nanovea Tribometer as shown in Fig. 1. Micro scratch testing is used to measure the load required to cause cohesive or adhesive failure to the paint. In this study, we would like to showcase that Nanovea Mechanical Tester and Tribometer are ideal tools for evaluation and quality control of commercial floor and automotive coatings.

Industrial Coating Scratch & Wear Evaluation

Grooved Stent Coating Failure Using Nano Scratch Testing

Drug–eluting stent is a novel approach in stent technology. It possesses a biodegradable and biocompatible polymer coating that releases medicine slowly and continuously at the local artery to inhibit intimal thickening and prevent the artery from being blocked again. One of the major concerns is the delamination of the polymer coating that carries the drug-eluting layer from the metal stent substrate. In order to improve the adhesion of this coating to the substrate, the stent is designed in different shapes. Specifically in this study, the polymer coating locates at the bottom of the groove on the mesh wire, which brings enormous challenge to the adhesion measurement. A reliable technique is in need to quantitatively measure the interfacial strength between the polymer coating and the metal substrate. The special shape and the small diameter of the stent mesh (comparable to a human hair) require ultrafine X-Y lateral accuracy to locate the test position and proper control and measurement of the load and depth during the test.

Grooved Stent Coating Failure Using Nano Scratch Testing

Coating Inspection of TIN by Scratch Testing

Coating inspection of residual stress in protective PVD/CVD coatings plays a critical role in the performance and mechanical integrity of the coated component. The residual stress derives from several major sources, including growth stress, thermal gradients, geometric constraints and service stresses. The thermal expansion mismatch between the coating and the substrate created during coating deposition at elevated temperatures leads to high thermal residual stress. Moreover, the TiN coated tools are often used under very high concentrated stresses, e.g. drill bits and bearings. It is critical to develop a reliable quality control process to quantitatively inspect the cohesive and adhesive strength of the protective functional coatings.

Coating Inspection of TIN by Scratch Testing

macro scratch adhesion

Macro Adhesion Failure of DLC

bits and bearings. Under such extreme conditions, sufficient cohesive and adhesive strength of the coating/substrate system becomes vital. In order to select the best metal substrate for the target application and to establish a consistent coating process for DLC, it is critical to develop a reliable technique to quantitatively assess cohesion and adhesion failure of different DLC coating systems.

Cohesive & Adhesive Strength of DLC Using Macro Scratch Testing

Corrosion Resistance of Coating After Scratch Testing

The corrosion resistant coatings should possess sufficient mechanical strength as they are often exposed to abrasive and erosive application environments. For example, the abrasive oil sands constantly wear away the inside of pipe, which progressively compromise the pipe’s integrity and potentially result in failure. In auto industry, corrosion takes place at the location of scratches on the auto
paint, especially during freezing winter when salts are applied on road. Therefore, a quantitative and reliable tool for measuring the
influence of scratch testing on protective coatings and its corrosion resistance is in need, in order to select the most proper coating for the intended application.

Corrosion Resistance of Coating After Scratch Testing

Micro Scratch Depth Measurement Using 3D Profilometry

In this application the Nanovea ST400 Profilometer is used for depth measurement of a row of micro scratches created using Nanovea’s Mechanical Tester in scratch mode. In seconds the Profilometer, with a single line pass in 2D mode, provides area and depth  measurement.

Depth Measurement of Micro Scratches Using 3D Profilometry

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