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2013-07-30 12:24:59

New NIST Instrument Allows Researchers to Test a Material's Mechanical Properties More Accurately than Even Before WASHINGTON, July 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In today's precision manufacturing environment, designers of products as diverse as car airbag sensors, computer microchips, drill bits and paint often need to know the mechanical properties of their materials down to the nanometer scale. Scientists have now built a machine that sets a new standard of accuracy...

Novel Approach To Measuring Surface Properties With New NIST Nanoscale Indenter
2013-07-24 09:48:17

National Institute of Standards and Technology Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of North Carolina have demonstrated a new design for an instrument, a "instrumented nanoscale indenter," that makes sensitive measurements of the mechanical properties of thin films -- ranging from auto body coatings to microelectronic devices -- and biomaterials. The NIST instrument uses a unique technique for precisely measuring the depth of the...