Kuwait University


  • Quasistatic nanoindentation – Measure Young’s modulus, hardness, fracture toughness and other mechanical properties via indentation.
  • Scratch testing – Quantify scratch resistance, critical delamination forces, friction coefficients and more with simultaneous normal and lateral force and displacement monitoring.
  • Top-down optics - Color CCD camera for individual structure identification prior to testing.
  • SPM imaging - In-situ imaging using the indenter tip provides nanometer precision positioning and SPM topography.
  • Feedback control – Operate in closed loop load control to allow testing techniques.

Transducer Specifications:

  • Maximum Force:              10mN
  • Load Noise Floor:             100nN
  • Maximum Depth:              5µm
  • Disp. Noise Floor:              0.2nm
  • Thermal Drift:                    ≤0.05nm/sec   

Scanner Specifications:

  • X-Y scan size:                     60µm
  • Z travel:                               4 µm
  • Max. scan rate:                   3Hz

 Nanoscratch Specifications:

  • Maximum Force:              2mN
  • Load Noise Floor:             5nN
  • Maximum Disp.:              15µm
  • Disp. Noise Floor:             5nm
  • Thermal Drift:                   ≤0.05nm/sec   


  • Capacitive transducer provides sensitivity and stability.
  • Automated testing for high throughput and statistical sampling of materials.
  • In-situ imaging provides nanometer precision positioning and the convenience of SPM topography.
  • Top-down optics for viewing and selection of testing sites.
  • Sub-micron resolution staging for sample positioning.
  • Active vibration dampening systems ensure low noise and uncompromised sensitivity.


  • Hardness and Young’s modulus Evaluation of Metallic and Nonmetallic samples Using Nanoindentation .
  • Hardness Evaluation of Biomedical Tissue Using Nanoindentation.
  • Tooth Hardness Evaluation Using Nanoindentation.
  • Hydrogel Hardness Using Nanoindentation.
  • Organic & Non Organic Shell Hardness Using Nanoindentation.
  • Nanoindentation Fracture Toughness.
  • Nanoindentation Creep Measurement.
  • Nanoindentation of Polypropylene Film.
  • Nanoindentation of Silicon Carbide Wafer Coatings.
  • Scratch testing to find out the coefficient of friction. 

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Nanoindenter is equipped with a load cell that continuously measures the real applied load. Nanoindentation mode is designed to provide high quality, accurate and repeatable nanometer results. Based from ASTM E2546 nanoindentation hardness testing uses a Berkovich, Vickers, sphero-conical, knoop, cube-corner and custom indenter tip to drive into the sample by applying an increasing load to some preset value. The load is then gradually decreased until partial, or complete, relaxation of the sample has occurred. The load and displacement are recorded continuously throughout this process to produce a load-displacement curve. Adding a pause at maximum load allows to study creep properties.

Nanomechanical Test Instrument