Nanoindentation, or instrumented indentation, is a rapid means of characterizing the mechanical properties of complex metallic microstructures. Nanoindentation is a combined technique that can extract quantitative modulus and hardness information from a single indentation measurement. Bruker's Hysitron instruments have nanometer-precision test placement accuracy, allowing nanoindentation measurements to be placed on individual phases/grains of metal, quantitatively map surface mechanical properties and property gradients, measure interfacial properties between phases, and explore anisotropic properties.
Bruker’s Hysitron nanotribological test equipment utilize dimensionally rigid scratch probes to investigate single asperity contact and better understand fundamental tribological properties of metallic surfaces. Bruker’s ultra-sensitive transducer technology and test positioning accuracy allows for detailed characterization of nanoscale wear and friction properties of individual metallic phases and phase boundaries.