Nanomechanics to Host Educational Webinar January 25

Free educational webinar based on the onset of plasticity in nanoindentation

Nanomechanics Inc., a leading provider of innovative tools designed to enable users to understand, evaluate, and test the mechanical performance of materials at the micro- and nano-levels, is set to launch a new webinar on Wednesday, Jan. 25.

The upcoming webinar on theory and practice of instrumented indentation will be based on knowing the threshold and locus for the onset of plasticity presented by Jennifer Hay, senior applications engineer for Nanomechanics, Inc. The lecture will focus on Tresca criterion to understand the onset of plasticity for both Hertzian and conical indentation. Attendees will delve into information related to the applications of testing and measuring, along with other topics related to the nanoindentation field.

Anyone responsible for or interested in nanoindentation should attend to quickly gain a comprehensive understanding of the test method and what it can do. Process engineers, test engineers and graduate students will achieve theoretical and practical knowledge about contact mechanics, the Oliver-Pharr method, dynamic indentation, thin-film modeling, and best practice.

Jennifer Hay of Nanomechanics Inc. holds a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Houston and has worked in the field of nanoindentation since 1996, advancing standardization and developing methodology for new applications. She presently serves as the vice president for the MEMS/Nanomechanics technical division of the Society of Experimental Mechanics. In addition to many publications, she has authored five journal articles on the theory and practice of instrumented indentation.

Instrumented indentation, also called nanoindentation, has developed over the last three decades as the technique of choice for measuring the mechanical properties of thin films and other small volumes of material.

John Swindeman, CEO at Nanomechanics Inc.

“Our goal for our educational series is to provide the most current information to our customers as well as those working in this field and enable them to engage with our team to ask questions on these topics.”

To register for the Instrumented Indentation - Session 7: The Onset of Plasticity in Nanoindentation webinar, on Wednesday, Jan. 25 from noon to 1 p.m. ET, visit

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