Automated indentation, or nanoindentation, is a progression of traditional microhardness testing. During an automated indentation test, the force and penetration are measured during the entire time of applying force. In contrast, traditional microhardness tests obtain only a single measure of deformation at one applied force. High speed measurements can be acquired and analyzed without images of indents, resulting in no operator bias using instrumented indentation techniques. At a speed of 1 indent/s, NanoBlitz 3D is a fast and advanced nanoindentation technique, yielding maps of mechanical properties like Young’s modulus, hardness, and stiffness.
The iNano nanoindenter uses a Berkovich tip to provide highly accurate and repeatable indentation data, with linear force control and single-click calibration. Dynamic measurements, standard for the iNano, yield more data than quasi-static techniques. For samples requiring higher load up to 1 N, the iMicro nanoindenter is available.