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Continuous Stribeck Curve Measurement Using Tribometer

Irvine, Calif., Oct 24, 2013 – Nanovea demonstrates for the first time the ability to measure a continuous Stribeck Curve. Using the Nanovea Tribometer advanced speed control, from 2000 to 0.01 rpm, within 10 minutes software monitoring provides a complete Stribeck Curve. Prior to this advancement a Stribeck Curve has been shown to be evaluated in a stepwise fashion requiring data stitching.

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Hardness Evaluation of Biological Tissue Using Nanoindentation

The ability to accurately measure mechanical properties, using Nanoindentation, in the fields of Life Science has recently become an important aspect of many current studies. In some cases, understanding the mechanical properties of soft biological surfaces have helped uncover the mechanical effects of diseases. Understanding mechanical properties provides a context for identifying the local mechanical behavior linked to specific changes.

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High Speed Nano Wear Testing Breakthrough


Feb 21, 2013 – Irvine, CA – Nanovea announced today the completion of a Nano Wear Testing System capable of speeds as high as 1400mm/sec. The unique length of stroke, up to 10mm, combined with a linear movement at a rate up to 70Hz, and possibly at higher frequencies, allows speeds never before available for Nano Wear Testing.

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Surface Boundary Measurement Using 3D Profilometry

In profilometer studies where the interface of surface features, patterns, shapes etc., are being evaluated for orientation, it will be useful to quickly identify areas of interest over the entire profile of measurement. By segmenting a surface into significant areas the user can quickly evaluate boundaries, peaks, pits, areas, volumes and many others to understand their functional role in the entire surface profile under study.

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Hydrogel Hardness Using Nanoindentation

Hydrogel is known for its super absorbency of water allowing for a close resemblance in flexibility as natural tissue. This close resemblance has made Hydrogel a common choice not only in biomaterials, but also electronics, environment and consumer good application such as contact lens. The use and diversity in application have each their own unique needs and requirements. One such requirement will be known and controlled mechanical properties using nanoindentation.

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Fracture Resistance of Silicon With Nano Scratch Testing

Scratch testing, using nano loads, has become widely used for the study of adhesion strength and marring resistance of thin films and coatings. This same test can also be used to study fracture behavior on brittle substrates similar to a marring resistance test approach. This can provide an in-depth observation of failure on delicate substrate materials at precisely controlled and recorded loads.

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Nano Puncture Resistance Using Nanoindentation

Traditional Puncture Tests are typically used to determine the penetration characteristics of a wide range of protective material such as films, foils or membrane. It is widely used in food and medical industries on applications ranging from food packaging to rubber gloves and needles. The test is preformed like that of a compressive test. A probe, with multiple tip selection, uses increasing load until material is penetrated and load is recorded at failure.

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The Measurement of Truth. Interferometry vs. Axial Chromatism

Some thoughts on what to consider when reviewing the two white light techniques:

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A1SiN Oxidation Resistance Measurement With 3D Profilometry

Oxidation resistance is critical for metal components in high temperature environments. Exposure to high temperatures can result in the depletion of the metal with rapid oxidation and material loss. Without protective coatings, surface oxidation adversely affects the performance and durability of the metal component. For example, engine parts, turbine blades, tooling and many others.

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Nanovea Unveils Its New Revolutionary N3 Line

Irvine CA, January 18, 2012 - Nanovea today announced the arrival of the N3 line dedicated to providing high-end measurement technology to the broader market. Nanovea has fully automated their measurement techniques while designing to price in the $20K market.

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Shot Peen Hardness With Nanoindentation

The intention of shot peening is ultimately to alter the mechanical properties of a given surface. By hitting the surface with controlled shot the surface will deform plastically. Proper Instrumentation, nanoindentation, will play a vital factor in achieving reliable and intended results.

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Shot Peened Surface Characterization Using 3D Profilometry

Shot peening is a process by which a substrate is impacted with round metal, glass or ceramic beads, also known as shot, at a force intended to create plasticity on the surface. The characteristics present prior to and after the peening process provides vital information to better the understanding and control of the process. Among many others, surface roughness and dimple coverage area left by the shot, are of particular interest using a profilometer.

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Viscoelastic Analysis With Nanoindentation DMA

Viscoelasticity can be studied using Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA) during Nanoindentation. By applying controlled oscillatory stress the resulting strain can easily be measured. An elastic material will have stress and strain in phase while a viscous-elastic material will have strain lagging stress. In many applications during quality control and R&D, it is important to reliably test this behavior.

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Microindentation Mapping With Acoustic Emission On Glass

Microindentation hardness mapping has been widely used to assess the variation of mechanical properties across a large surface area. However, with the study of applications such as glass it is the crack initiation that is of particular interest. It is for this reason that acoustic emission can be used during the mapping of indents to not only map hardness but also map the crack initiation values over the surface area.

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Stribeck Curve Analysis Using Tribometer

When lubrication is applied to reduce the wear/friction of moving surfaces an increasing load can shift the lubrication from several regimes such as Boundary, Mixed and Hydrodynamic Lubrication. The fluid viscosity, the load that is carried by the two surfaces and the speed that the two surfaces move relative to each other combine to determine the thickness of the fluid film. It is this process that determines the lubrication regime. How the regimes react to friction is shown in what is called a Stribeck curve.

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Breakthrough Indentation Yield Strength Test


July 14, 2011 – Irvine, CA – Nanovea today introduced its patent pending breakthrough method of reliably acquiring yield strength through indentation; ultimately replacing the traditional tensile testing machine for yield strength measurement.

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Fractography Analysis Using 3D Profilometry

Fractography is the study of features examined on fracture surfaces and has historically been investigated via Microscope or SEM. Microscope being used for macro scale analysis and SEM particularly when it is the nano or microstructure that is vital to the analysis. Both ultimately allowing for the identification of the fracture mechanism type. Although effective, the Microscope clearly has its limitations and the SEM in most cases, other than atomic level analysis, is unpractical for fracture surface measurement and lacks broad use.

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Nanoindentation Fracture Toughness

The ability of a material to resist cracking, or fracture, has been vital to the studies of fracture mechanics. Until recently the study of fracture toughness has been analyzed at a macro range using powerful instrumentation applied to large samples.

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Nanoindentation Creep Measurement

Creep can be characterized as the result of a solid material that is slowly and permanently deformed under the influence of stress. Deformation results from the consistent stress below the yield strength of the material. The amount of applied stress and its duration can eventually lead to the failure of the given material. Ultimately, it is for this reason that Nanoindentation creep measurement provides crucial information to study material behavior.

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Instrumented Indentation, It's More Than Hardness

As the validity of Instrumented Indentation continues to expand throughout all materials research, many throughout the community are still unclear as to what exactly can be achieved. Although advances in technology will continue to grow the list of capabilities of Instrumented Indentation, we will review a list of what can be expected as of now. But first lets quickly review how Instrumented Indentation works.

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Cyclical Nanoindentation Stress-Strain Measurement

The Stress-Strain curve obtained by Nanoindentation reveals the correlation of "Stress" and"Strain" of a given material under nano controlled loads. Unlike the traditional Tensile Testing method of obtaining Stress-Strain curve data, which gives data at a macro level, the Nanoindentation method provides vital Stress-Strain curve data at nano level scale without the large and intense machinery. The Stress-Strain curve of various materials will vary widely.

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Microindentation & Fracture of Mineral Rock

The use of Microindentation has proven to be a crucial tool for rock mechanics related studies. For example, Microindentation has been used to advance studies in excavation by allowing further understanding of rock mass properties and its separation. Microindentation has been used to advance drilling studies to improve drill heads and improve drilling procedures. Microindentation has also been used to study chalk and powder formation from minerals.

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Paper Roughness Measurement With 3D Profilometry

Paper surface topography is vital to the intended use and quality of the product. To control paper product quality it will heavily rely upon quantifiable, reproducible and reliable surface measurement. Precise surface measurement and evaluation of a paper product can lead to the best selection of processing and control measures. The Nanovea 3D Non-Contact Profilometer utilize chromatic confocal technology with unmatched capability to measure paper surfaces.

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The Understated Contributor to International Economic Recovery

While R&D topics continue
to lead as a beacon for economic recovery, a crucial part of the R&D process
continues to receive little to no attention. And make no mistake, you are about
to learn of the single most important factor in the advancement of new or
improved material technologies around the world.


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