Nanomechanical Testing of Ceramics | Bruker


Driving Ceramics Design with Nanoscale Characterization

Ceramics have become enabling materials for many new technologies. Understanding the mechanical behavior of these materials at the nanoscale and the ability to design new ceramics with unique compositions and microstructures has enabled their use in a variety of new applications. The reliability and performance of ceramics are governed by the mechanical properties of the microstructure (grains, particles, pores, phases, interfaces, additive impurities, etc.) along with its relative size, shape, and orientation. Given the diversity and complexity of technical ceramics, enhanced nanoscale characterization techniques are required to effectively engineer new elastic, hardness, fracture toughness, strength, and tribological properties.  

Nanoindentation of Ceramics

Nanoindentation is a fast and accurate means of measuring localized elastic, fracture, and hardness properties of individual microstructural components within a bulk ceramic. Highly precise test placement accuracy combined with sensitive control over the nanoindentation process enables quantitative, high-resolution mechanical property measurements to be achieved along with spatially resolved mechanical property maps. The information achieved through nanomechanical testing accelerates understanding of ceramic systems and provides a foundation for continued development. 

Nanotribology of Ceramics

The use of ceramics for tribological applications requires the ability to understand localized mechanisms and the capability of modifying microstructural constituents to meet desired tribological performance. Bruker's Hysitron instruments utilize a rigid scratch probe to provide a quantitative measurement of the nanoscale-to-microscale wear and friction properties of ceramics. The ability to conduct tests on individual constituents within the ceramic and create maps of tribological properties over a surface enhances understanding of nano/microscale wear processes and aids in designing and developing new tribological materials. 

Standalone Equipment for Ceramics Characterization

Hysitron TI 980 TriboIndenter | Bruker

TI 980 TriboIndenter

Bruker's most advanced nanomechanical and nanotribological test instrument, operating at the intersection of maximum performance, flexibility, reliability, sensitivity and speed.

Hysitron TI Premier | Bruker

TI Premier

Versatile nanomechanical and nanotribological test instrument, supporting a broad range of hybrid and correlative characterization techniques.

Hysitron TS 77 Select Nanoindenter | Bruker

TS 77 Select

Dedicated nanomechanical test instruments, providing an essential toolkit of core nanoscale mechanical characterization techniques.

Microscope Instruments for Ceramics Characterization

Hysitron PI 85L SEM PicoIndenter | Bruker

PI 85L SEM PicoIndenter

Depth-sensing nanomechanical test instrument that can be interfaced with scanning electron microscopes (SEM).

Hysitron PI 8X SEM PicoIndenter BRUKER

PI 89 SEM PicoIndenter

Bruker’s comprehensive in-situ nanomechanical test instrument for SEM and FIB/SEM, featuring our full suite of techniques.

Hysitron PI 95 TEM PicoIndenter | Bruker

PI 95 TEM PicoIndenter

The first full-fledged depth-sensing indenter capable of direct-observation nanomechanical testing inside a transmission electron microscope (TEM).


Hysitron TS 75 TriboScope | Bruker

TS 75 TriboScope

Quantitative, rigid-probe nanoindentation and nanotribological characterization on your existing AFM.