Fundacion Tekniker is a technology center for advanced manufacturing, surface engineering and the development of information and communication technology. In order to precisely measure the mechanical properties of their portfolio of coatings, Tekniker acquired ZwickRoell's state-of-the-art ZHN Nanoindenter.
It is in this context that Tekniker has acquired the universal ZwickRoell ZHN nanomechanical testing system that allows you determine the hardness and elasticity modules of materials and coatings with a high degree of accuracy. It is a very robust piece of equipment that applies an extensive range of loads (0.05 mN- 2N) and runs static and dynamic tests. It also allows scratch tests to evaluate the degree of coating adherence.
Consequently, the ZHN Nanoindenter allows you to characterize very diverse coatings nanomechanically, ranging from polymeric or biological coatings to hard surface finishes (ceramic and diamond or Diamond Like Carbon -DLC-).
Dr. Thomas Chudoba, developer of the ZHN, has provided on-site assistance and training for Tekniker researchers on how to commission and operate the equipment. Dr. Chudoba is an international reference in the area of indentation and characterization of the mechanical properties of surfaces and coatings. In 2003, Dr. Chudoba founded ASMEC (Advanced Surface Mechanics GmbH), a company that develops advanced instruments and mechanical characterization methods as well as software to optimize surfaces and coatings.
The ZHN Nanoindenter has been bought thanks to funding provided the project Centros Tecnológicos de Excelencia Cervera, within the framework of the Surfera Network of Excellence (advanced materials).