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ZHN nanomechanical hardness tester

ZHN nanomechanical hardness tester

ZHN - the Universal Nanomechanical Tester - provides the force and displacement resolution necessary for comprehensive mechanical characterization of thin films and coatings or small surface areas, including measurement of indentation hardness, indentation modulus and Martens hardness to ISO 14577 (instrumented indentation hardness).

Two patents cover ZHN‘s measuring heads

  • Normal Force Unit (NFU)
  • Lateral Force Unit (LFU)

Working with one measuring head (Normal Force Unit), the ZHN nanoindenter functions as a depth-sensing hardness tester in the micro range, with a maximum force of 2 N. It can also be used in the nano range for indentation depths up to 200 nm. A 0.2 N head with ten times higher force resolution is optionally available.

A unique feature of the ZHN is the second independent measuring head with the same excellent resolution for the lateral direction, the Lateral Force Unit. The two measuring heads can be combined in any way required, giving a greatly increased range of measuring options. Additional uses for the machine then include micro scratch tester, micro wear tester, fatigue tester and high-resolution profilometer.


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