16_Nanoindenter.png (98 KB)

The Hysitron TS77 nanoindenter is a versatile instrument used to test the mechanical properties of materials. Primarily developed for localized hardness testing, nanoindentation is now widely used to measure creep, fracture toughness, elastic modulus, stress relaxation, cracking, dislocation, nucleation, and viscoelastic properties of samples.

Typical Applications:

  • Energy and natural resources, such as Young’s modulus and fracture strength of shale
  • Consumer goods, for mechanical strength evaluation as quantified by Young’s modulus and hardness
  • Biomedical, such as Young’s modulus and hardness of implant coatings
  • Plastics, such as mechanical strength of injection-molded parts
  • Automotive, for nearly all materials in modern cars and trucks such as tires, paints, engine, headlights, etc
  • Electronic packaging, such as mechanical maps of all the components of a solder joint, whether new or aged, showing which areas are vulnerable to failure
  • Semiconductors, such as mechanical characterization of low-dielectric-constant (low-k) films
  • Data storage, mechanical characterization of essential components of hard-disk drives such as diamond-like carbon (DLC) coatings, read heads, and arms
  • Additive manufacturing, such as Young’s modulus and hardness of sequential layers of Additive Layer Manufacturing (ALM) parts


  • 10mN normal force, high load to 1000 mN
  • Resolution: 1 nN
  • Normal displacement: 5um to 25um
  • Digital displacement resolution: 0.006nm
  • Noise level displacement measurement: 0.2nm
  • X-stage travel of 150mm with 10nm resolution
  • Y-stage travel of 50mm with 10nm resolution
  • Z-stage travel of 50mm with 3nm resolution
  • Maximum oscillation frequency: 100 Hz
  • Max. frequency for stiffness analysis: 100 Hz
  • Data acquisition rate: 78 kHz
  • Data recorded rate: 15 Hz
  • Maximum force amplitude of the oscillation: 5mN
  • Microscope with objective lens 20x magnification
  • Berkovich indenter
  • Spherical diamond indenter
  • Continuous Stiffness Measurement (CSM) technique with maximum testing load of 1000 mN
  • Maximum sample size: 150 x 50 x 50mm
© Centre for Advances in Reliability and Safety.