Nanomechanical Testing of Metals | Bruker

Quantitative Nanoindentation and Nanotribology of Metals

High performance metals development depends on the ability to enhance mechanical and tribological properties through proper alloy design and phase/microstructure control. Depending on the atomic species present, relative atomic concentrations, atomic mixing, and phase transitions during the solidification process, metal alloys can exhibit a very broad range of mechanical and tribological properties. The complexity of modern day alloy design combined with the size of microstructural elements requires highly localized measurement techniques to understand and tailor bulk mechanical behavior.

Nanoindentation of Metals

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.

Nanotribology of Metals

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.

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Standalone Equipment for Metals 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 950 TriboIndenter | Bruker

TI 950 TriboIndenter

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

Hysitron TI Premier | Bruker

TI Premier

Dedicated nanomechanical test instruments, providing an essential toolkit for nanoscale mechanical characterization within a compact platform.

Microscope Instruments for Metals 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 88 SEM PicoIndenter | Bruker

PI 88 SEM PicoIndenter

Bruker’s comprehensive 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.