Nanomechanical Property Measurement System - NanoTest Vantage from Micro Materials

Nanomechanical Property Measurement System - NanoTest Vantage from Micro Materials

The new NanoTest Vantage system from Micro Materials Ltd offers a range of mechanical tests on the nano-scale, allowing the researcher to build a complete picture of material performance.

Launched in June 2011, this system builds on the unique capabilities of the previous generation of NanoTest instruments, and has been optimised in terms of:

  • Performance
  • Speed of throughput
  • Ease of use

The fully automated NanoTest Vantage can work 24/7, allowing a range of samples to be mounted simultaneously. The instrument has been designed to allow ‘Mount-to-Measure’ in five minutes, ensuring operator time is minimised.

Measurement Techniques


  • Measure hardness, modulus, viscoelastic behaviour
  • Investigate variation of hardness, modulus with depth
  • Map mechanical properties across an area of interest
  • Quasi-static and dynamic testing available

Nano-impact and fatigue

  • Investigate fracture and fatigue behaviour
  • Measure material damping coefficients
  • Investigate high strain rate behaviour

Nano-scratch and wear

  • Assess critical scratch loads and friction properties
  • Investigate cycles to failure for wear prediction


  • Accelerated reciprocating wear test
  • Low contact pressure to allow high cycle investigations (up to 1 million cycles)

Control environmental conditions to assess true ‘in-service’ properties

Material properties can vary greatly in response to the local environmental properties. The NanoTest Vantage is the only instrument which allows researchers to characterise and optimise their materials under the following range of conditions:

  • High temperature nanoindentation, nanoscratch and nanoimpact to 750ºC
    Both sample and probe are heated to ensure isothermal contact
  • Low temperature nanoindentation and nanoscratch to -30ºC
    Both sample and probe are cooled to ensure stability
  • With sample and probe immersed in liquids
    A range of liquids can be used, compatible with nanoindentation and nanoscratch.
  • In reduced oxygen/ purged conditions
  • Under controlled humidity levels


The NanoTest is in use in the most prestigious laboratories and research institutes all over the globe. Focussing on cutting edge research, the instrument is used for the characterisation and optimisation of materials and coatings used in a range of applications such as:

  • Aerospace,
  • Automotive
  • Biomedical
  • Ceramics
  • Construction
  • Glasses
  • Metals and alloys
  • Microelectronics/ MEMS
  • Nuclear
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Polymers
  • Semi-conductors
  • Wear resistant coatings


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