Nanomechanical Characterization of Coatings | Bruker

Coatings (>5μm)

Optimizing Coating Performance though Quantitative Nano/Micro Mechanical Testing

Coatings are applied in a variety of areas to enhance aesthetic and/or functional properties of surfaces. Typical functional modifications include corrosion resistance, adhesion properties, wettability, and wear resistance. Coatings are applied in liquid and solid states and undergo some form of post-application curing or solidification process. Understanding microstructural aspects of coating properties enables engineers to develop enhanced performance coatings and optimize processing techniques.

Bruker has developed a broad set of characterization techniques to measure the mechanical and tribological properties of coatings. Microindentation and nanoindentation provides localized hardness, modulus, fracture toughness, creep, stress relaxation, and viscoelastic properties of coatings. Spatially resolved mechanical property mapping enables a comprehensive understanding of microstructural and interfacial features within the coating to enhance overall coating performance. Additionally, micron scale scratch testing permits localized tribological properties to be determined along with coating/substrate interfacial adhesion. 

Application Notes

Standalone Test Equipment for Quantitative Coating 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 Test Equipment for Quantitative Coating 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 TS 75 TriboScope | Bruker

TS 75 TriboScope

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