Nanoscale Wear Testing | Bruker


Quantitative Wear Characterization at the Nanoscale and Microscale

Wear characterization and achieving a fundamental understanding of wear at sub-micrometer length scales is not only important for thin tribological films used in magnetic storage media and MEMS, but also for optimization of tribological performance of large engineered systems. The ability to characterize wear properties of ultra-thin films and the capability to understand sliding single asperity contact interactions in conventional engineered systems is critical for designing components with an enhanced service life. Hysitron’s nanotribological test instruments provide quantitative measurement of wear behavior over the nanoscale and microscale, allowing a better understanding and prediction of complex non-linear and non-equilibrium wear processes.

Bruker has developed a comprehensive suite of characterization techniques for nanoscale-to-microscale wear characterization. Utilizing Hysitron’s patented capacitive transducer technologies, quantitative insights into wear deformation behavior can be obtained over multiple length scales. Combined with Bruker’s exclusive in-situ SPM imaging capabilities, wear volumes resulting from single asperity contacts can be measured as a function of number of cycles, sliding velocity, and applied force. Customizable high-durability test probe geometries, probe materials, and environmental conditions can be tailored to replicate real-world material interactions and achieve a broader and more fundamental understanding of multi-scale wear processes.

Standalone Equipment for Wear Testing

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 Wear Testing

Hysitron TS 75 TriboScope | Bruker

TS 75 TriboScope

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

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).