High Temperature Nanotest

This is a unique instrument, capable of testing between -30°C and 750°C. Both tip and sample are heated, giving a well-characterised indentation temperature. As well as operating as a nanoindenter, the inclusion of a piezoelectric nanopositioning stage allows use in AFM mode, so that small test elements such as microcantilevers can be located, imaged and tested.

The machine, manufactured by Micromaterials Ltd, has completed its initial trials, and is now (Feb 2012) being put to work.


The high-temperature nanotest


Making the first tests.