The iNano performs instrumented indentation on a variety of materials from bio-gels to super alloys to measure hardness and elastic modulus of the material with continuous stiffness measurements (CSM) in addition to complex modulus measurements (storage modulus, loss modulus, loss factor) for polymers, removing substrate effect in thin film properties, fracture toughness, 3D property maps for heterogeneous surfaces and 4D property maps for depth dependent properties of materials. The iNano is also capable of conducting dynamic and static microhardness and nanoindentation measurements including nanometric Vickers hardness. The iNano offers unsurpassed accuracy, precision and repeatability as well as flexibility and versatility.
The iNano from Nanomechanics is an accessible and easy to use nanoindenter, providing best-in-industry performance.
The main features of the hardware and software are given below:
Hardware Features and Specifications:
- Fast and accurate dynamic nanoindentation measurements
- Data acquisition at 100 kHz
- Electromagnetic actuation
- Fast and accurate displacement measurements
- High load-frame stiffness
Software Features and Specifications:
- Automatic single-click tip area and frame stiffness calibration
- Intuitive InView experimental control
- InView Review Data for concurrent data analysis
- Modern architecture
- High speed 3D and 4D properties mapping
- Custom test-method scripting
Minimal training is required thanks to the user-friendly interface so a dedicated operator is not required. The software can also be customized for different applications.
Applications include composites, thin films, diamond-like coatings, dielectric films, elastomers, polymers, semiconductors, and coated surfaces.
- Fast and accurate dynamic nanoindentation measurements with indents in less than a second providing statistical analysis to measure properties as a function of depth, force, time, or frequency.
- One dynamic measurement can replace 50 static measurements.
- High data acquisition rate at 100 kHz for events such as pop-ups, sink-in, adhesion test, peeling test.
- Electromagnetic actuation with independent load and displacement measurements and no need of calibrations because of linear module with 3 nN resolution in force.
- With a time constant of 20 µs, the iNano is the only commercial indenter to simultaneously achieve maximum indenter travel 60 µm with 0.02 nm resolution and noise floor of less than 0.1 nm.
- High load-frame stiffness greater than 3,500,000 N/m.
- Thermal drift rate lower than 0.05 nm/s.
- Automatic single-click tip area and frame stiffness calibration from one test.
- Intuitive InView experimental control allowing experimental setup on single screen and multiple profiles for multiuser environment.
- InView Review Data for concurrent data analysis during experiments.
- 64-bit architecture in which InView is not constrained by the 2 GB data limit that applies to all 32-bit applications. The significance of the Microsoft .NET Framework is that the code is modern, which offers many benefits, including ease-of-use, reliability, and remote operation.
- Methods tailored for various materials such as “Polymer pack” for polymers, “Gel pack” for soft biomaterials, “Scratch test” for Mar testing, and “Thin film pack” for films less than 100 nm.
- NanoBlitz 3D performs indents in under 1 second per indent and provide E, H, S at a specified load for each indent in the array with statistical analysis and histograms.
- NanoBlitz 4D performs indents in 5-6 seconds per indent and provide E, H, S as a function of depth for each indent in the array with statistical analysis and histograms.
- Custom test-method scripting with online tutorials for quick learning and to set up and perform virtually any small-scale mechanical test.