In Operando Nanomechanics | Glovebox Environmental Control
In Operando Nanomechanics | xSol Cryo
In Operando Nanomechanics | xSol Humidity

In Operando Nanomechanics

xSol High Temperature Stage | Bruker

xSol High Temperature Stage

Bruker’s xSol® High Temperature Stage enables quantitative, high-resolution nanomechanical and nanotribological measurements to be performed over a broad temperature range; up to 800°C. The xSol’s thermally stable stage design with dual feedback-controlled resistive heating elements eliminate thermal gradients within the sample and provide fast stabilization times. A heated microenvironment incorporated within the stage guarantees isothermal tip/sample contact and customizable gaseous environments reduce the effects of reactive chemistries, such as oxidation.


xSol Cryo

The xSol Cryo environmental stage extends quantitative nanomechanical and nanotribological characterization capabilities down to -120°C and beyond. Cooled nitrogen gas flows into the xSol stage and is heated to the user-defined temperature under tight PID control for fast stabilization times and low thermal drift. An integrated micro-chamber maintains a positive pressure of cooled dry nitrogen to minimize moisture condensation and sample icing, enabling reliable long duration testing near cryogenic temperatures.

Application Example: Tire Materials Testing for Harsh Environments

xSol Cryo | Bruker
TI 980 IO - Glovebox Environmental Contol | Bruker

TI 980 IO - Glovebox Environmental Control

The TI 980 IO incorporates a custom-designed glovebox system to provide precise control over atmospheric conditions. The TI 980 IO achieves a working oxygen and water content of less than 0.1 ppm, ideal for reliably characterizing reactive surfaces. The TI 980 glovebox system achieves the same partial pressure of oxygen as a vacuum system operating at 10-4 Torr, without the complexity of operating in vacuum and with the benefits of testing in an environment that more adequately reflects the material’s working conditions.


xSol Humidity

Bruker’s xSol Humidity environmental stage enables characterization of hygroscopic effects on nanomechanical and nanotribological properties over a broad temperature and humidity range. In traditional mechanical testing, hygroscopic behavior can only be reliably analyzed when the water content reaches an equilibrium throughout the test specimen. Nanoscale testing enables accelerated testing of moisture effects since water only needs to permeate <100 nm for a hygroscopic effect to be observed.

xSol Humidity | Bruker