Instrumented Indentation Testing of Polymers: Advantages and Limitations


Polymeric materials have traditionally been characterized by large scale test instruments such as tensile testing or compression. As more polymeric materials and polymer-based surface treatments have been developed over the years, the need for the use of more localized testing methods such as nanoindentation has increased. 

This webinar will explore the advantages of nanoindentation and its reliability of data as compared to other well-known methods such as tensile testing and Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) on amorphous and semi-crystalline polymers.

Featured topics will include:

  • Advantages of utilizing nanoindentation to characterize amorphous polymers and the comparison to AFM and compression tests
  • Reliability of nanoindentation modulus and hardness data
  • Limitations of utilizing nanoindentation to characterize a semi-crystalline polymer

Language: English
Trainer: Petra Christöfl
Petra Christöfl

Petra Christöfl is a researcher at the Polymer Competence Center Leoben (Austria) since 2018. She studied Advanced Materials Science at the Technical University of Graz (Austria).


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