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Micromaterials Nano-Platform

MANUFACTURER Micromaterials (manufacturer's website)
MODEL Nano-platform
CONTACT 1 External enquiries: Martine Townsend - Grants & Funding Unit
CONTACT 2 Internal enquiries: Dr Nathalie Renevier
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SITE Media Factory Site


The University of Central Lancashire has a unique capability for the nanoscle assessment of mechanical and tribological properties of materials. The equipment is compliant with ISO 14577-2.

The platform allows a wide range of mechanical tests including:

  • Nano-scratch testing: Interfacial adhesion and cohesion
  • Nano-hardness: Hardness, Modulus, Creep, Depth-profiling
  • Nano-Impact: Fatigue, Fracture toughness
  • Nano-wear: friction and wear resistance

The equipment is fitted with 4 optical objectives, acoustic emission sensors. Tests could be performed at room temperature or up to 400C.

Load applied may vary from 10 µN – 500 mN. There is a 3D simulation software.

Item ID #106.

Last Updated: 9th August, 2017