New Nano-Scratch Option for Bruker NanoForce Nanomechanical Testing System

New Nano-Scratch Option for the Bruker NanoForce

A new nano-scratch upgrade for the Bruker NanoForce makes it capable of nanoscale scratch testing and nanoindentation. The NanoForce is a nanomechanical testing system, which until now has been used for testing modulus and hardness of thin films and coatings.

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Constant load scratch testing

Constant load scratch tests (1, 3, 5, 7, 10 mN); length 20 μm; strain rate 0.1 Hz on 300 nm SiO2 on Si.

New Nanoscale Scratch Testing Option

The new nano-scratch option controls lateral displacement between tip and sample during nanoindentation. This significantly expands the capabilities of the NanoForce.

You can now characterise the resistance of thin films and coatings to:

  • Scratching
  • Cracking
  • Chipping
  • Scuffing
  • Delamination

With instrumented indentation test, you can study the uniformity of mechanical properties  on nanoscale surfaces and structures over large sample areas. All this, with the industry-leading low-noise floor, precision and stability of the NanoForce platform.

Nano-scratch testing with the Bruker NanoForce

Progressive load scratch; length 20 μm, 1-10 mN; strain rate 0.1 Hz on 300 nm SiO2 on Si.

The NanoForce system already has a reputation of being well suited for testing of modulus and hardness of thin films and coatings with its standard dynamic testing methods. The addition of nanoscratch capabilities to perform characterisation of other important thin film mechanical properties on a single, high-performance platform greatly enhances this legacy and positions NanoForce as an invaluable asset for the investigation of nanomechanical performance of new material systems.
Min Yang, Director of Applications, Bruker Nano Surfaces
NanoForce has demonstrated superior capabilities for some of the most challenging nanoindentation applications in research labs. The new nanoscale scratch capabilities demonstrate our commitment to delivering the most advanced nanomechanical material testing and analysis solutions available anywhere.
James Earle, Vice President & General Manager, Bruker Tribology, Stylus and Optical Metrology
Bruker NanoForce Nanomechanical Tester

Bruker NanoForce nanomechanical testing system

About NanoForce

The Bruker NanoForce is a highly sensitive nanomechanical testing system with industry-leading measurement speeds. The measurement and control software is powerful and user friendly. Control experiments in real time, using recorded or calculated data.

The NanoForce uses highly accurate electromagnetic actuation technology. The instrument is based on Bruker’s established Dimension Icon® AFM technology. An innovative gantry design and hardware structure ensure highly accurate positioning and effective acoustic and vibration isolation. This provides the optimal testing environment for challenging nanoindentation applications in materials science. Wafer samples can be mounted with an optional 200 mm vacuum chuck. Additional built-in safety features protect the head assembly during X-Y stage translation.

Bruker NanoForce

All nano surface analysis instruments

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