Nanomechanics Inc. to Unveil Gemini System: A New Leap Forward in Contact Mechanics

Nanomechanics Inc., Staff
April 21, 2017

Nanomechanics Inc.  has developed the groundbreaking Gemini system to provide unmatched freedom to explore contact mechanics in multiple dimensions.

Gemini is the world’s first commercial, isometric multidimensional instrument for studying the dynamics of tribology and mechanical testing at the nanoscale. The device can measure the interaction of two objects that are sliding across each other – not merely making contact.

Warren C. Oliver, Ph.D., president at Nanomechanics Inc. and co-developer of the Oliver-Pharr method, said the system will allow researchers to explore the physical interactions that produce phenomena ranging in magnitude from scratched paint to earthquakes.

“Just like nanoindentation was a leap forward, the Gemini is a leap forward for any scratch, wear or collision experiment that has been done before,” Oliver said. “It is taking all the technology we’ve developed to do the experiments better and now we’ve made it possible to test in both directions simultaneously.”

The resolution, force range and dynamic performance made possible by Gemini’s isometric axes means both normal and lateral axes deliver the renowned exactness expected from Nanomechanics Inc. You can have confidence in receiving the correct answer, every time.

“There are a lot of different applications where you need to be able to effectively apply a very small load not just in the normal direction but in any direction you want to,” Oliver said. “We now have the ability to get these measurements with this instrument.”

Products tested by this device include any film product, decorative or wear resistant, multiphase materials, coatings and paint.

Nanomechanics Inc. will showcase Gemini at the 44th annual International Conference on Metallurgical Coatings and Thin Films (ICMCTF). The three-day event will be held April 25-27 in San Diego at the Town & Country Resort and Convention Center.

Oliver will attend and present “A Nanoindentation System with Equivalent Capabilities in Both Normal to and Parallel to the Sample Surface” on Thursday, April 27, at 10:40 a.m.

For more information about the Gemini, you can visit Nanomechanics in Booth 315 during the ICMCTF show or visit