Films and Coatings

Thin films and coatings are used for a wide range of applications to provide a exact performance characteristic to the products being developed. Each thin film and coating system has its own unique characteristics, which Nanomechanics seeks to help the customer quantify and understand.
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Ultra Thin-Films

Nanoindentation was originally developed as a tool for mechanically characterizing films and coatings, and advancements in the field continue to drive the test smaller and smaller. Nanomechanics’ systems are routinely used to make accurate and repeatable measurements of Young’s and hardness of ultra-thin films by incorporating state-of-the-art hardware, electronics, procedures and analyses.
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Thin Films

Other commercial nanoindentation systems presume that the influence of the substrate can be neglected for thin films. But Nanomechanics’ systems automatically correct for the influence of the substrate, so that the measured Young’s modulus and hardness are the true values for the film, independent of the substrate on which it is deposited. Quantitative scratch and wear testing give insight into real-world deformation mechanisms.
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Dynamic indentation, developed by the engineers at Nanomechanics, is the only way to accurately measure the Young’s modulus and hardness of paint. Quantitative scratch and wear testing give insight into real-world deformation mechanisms. Whether your interest is fingernail polish or automotive clear coats, Nanomechanics’ systems allow you to characterize and optimize your paint.
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Nanoindentation is the fastest way to measure the Young’s modulus and Vickers hardness of coatings. Testing is completely automated, because the residual hardness impression doesn’t have to be imaged. With Nanomechanics’ equipment and standardized test methods, the entire process, from test method to final report, is radically faster and easier than what most people expect from a microhardness tester.
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