Mechanical surface properties

1 February 2023
Online seminar via MS Teams

The mechanical surface properties of parts and finished products are often critical factors in research, product development and quality control. But how do you obtain the right information? It often requires sophisticated and very surface sensitive techniques to characterize and understand the mechanical surface properties. Expand your technical insight and join us for this online seminar that is focused on mechanical materials surface testing, inspection, and characterization.

The seminar features experts from Switzerland, the Netherlands and UK and will include an introduction to test methods and practical cases on how to obtain mechanical properties such as hardness, friction, wear, scratch resistance and coating adhesion.

Target audience
This seminar is aimed at engineers and researchers in both industry and academia. It is intended for you who seek to stay up to date and would like to deepen your knowledge of surface characterization technologies and seek solutions to specific challenges. The talks will give you in-depth knowledge while focusing on practical applications and real-life cases.

This seminar was planned by our surface steering group members Klaus Pagh Almtoft, Alexander Bruun Christiansen, Nicole Ciacotich, Rune Juul Christiansen and Susanne Köhler.


13:00 - 13:10
Welcome and introduction
13:10 - 13:40
Principles and applications of mechanical surface characterization

Pavel Sedmak, Product Manager , Anton Paar TriTec, Switzerland

Development of coating techniques such as PVD and CVD, plasma spray, anodic oxidation, chemical and galvanic deposition created a huge demand to characterize mechanical properties of surfaces. Amongst the properties that are of great interest to be measured are coating adhesion, scratch resistance, coating hardness, elastic modulus and viscoelastic properties. Such measurements are performed not only to develop new coatings and improve the deposition process but also for product quality control.
This talk will introduce the principles of the main techniques (i.e. nano-indentation and scratch) used to evaluate the mechanical surface properties in the nano- and micro-meter scale, the major industries in which these techniques are successfully applied, and the best practices when conducting the experiments.

Pavel Sedmak is a Product Manager for Indentation and Calotest at Anton Paar TriTec. He obtained his PhD from materials science at the Czech Technical University in Prague (Czech Republic). He continued as a post-doc at European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in Grenoble (France) working on ID11 Materials Science Beamline. He joined Anton Paar TriTec in 2020 and gained a deep knowledge in instrumented indentation, scratch testing and tribology.
13:40 - 14:10
Mechanical characterization of thin films by scratch testing and tribology combined with 3D profilometry

Philippe Kempe, VP Business Development EMEA, Rtec-Instruments SA, Switzerland

Coatings bring advantages for functional surfaces on different relevant mechanical performances: better scratch resistance and higher wear resistance for a longer lifetime, lower friction coefficient for a reduced energy consumption. The physical phenomena involved at the surfaces under stress conditions represent a key part in understanding the performances of some coatings. Scratch testing characterizes the scratch resistance and adhesion of coatings. Tribology testing characterizes the wear resistance and friction of surfaces in relative contacts. The unique combination of mechanical testing with 3D-profilometry (confocal microscopy and white-light interferometry) provides new insights into the visualization of surface damages occurring in scratch testing (plastic deformation and delamination of coatings) and tribology (wear and deformation from particles, 3rd bodies, ..). Applications on different materials and in different industries are shown.

Philippe Kempe works with business development of analytical equipment for mechanical surface testing, tribology and 3D-imaging.
He graduated in Materials Science and Engineering from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, USA and from an Engineering School (ENSACIET) in Toulouse, France. For the past 20 years in nanoindentation, he has been scratch testing and tribology for different companies (CSM Instruments and Anton Paar).
14:10 - 14:25
Coffee break
14:25 - 14:55
How to experimentally simulate wear in the lab?

Deepak Veeregowda, Head of Global Marketing and Sales, Ducom, The Netherlands

Surface engineering approaches that can prevent wear have become crucial for sustainability and cost reduction. Wear tests used to study these surfaces must represent the real field conditions and this is a big challenge. We have solved these challenges using precision measurements that were designed to simulate wear conditions in gas turbine, windmills, electric vehicles & railways. I will describe some of these case studies and help you understand on how to choose the wear test methods.

Deepak Veeregowda received his PhD in 2012 and he is currently the Global Head of Ducom Instruments & Innovation Consultant for RuG Ventures in The Netherlands. He believes in high tech engineering innovation coupled with scientific discovery to solve challenges related to sustainability.
14:55 - 15:25
More than a Microscope: 3D Imaging and Nanomechanical Characterisation of Surfaces using Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM)

David Morgan, Managing Director, Nanosurf, United Kingdom

Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) is a versatile technique that not only can image surfaces with a resolution in the nanometre range but also generates 3D data for critical dimensions, roughness, step height and defect analysis. Despite being a contact probe measurement, by operating with forces from the sub-nanonewton up to the millinewton range the system can be used to both non-destructively image samples but also to perform nanomechanical testing of materials in the kPa to GPa range, including mapping of elastic modulus and surface adhesion.

This talk will introduce the basic principles of AFM, show examples of measurements of common industrial samples, and also show how compact AFM systems can be integrated with nanoindenters, hardness testers and 3D optical profilometers to enhance information gathered from these techniques.

David Morgan is the Managing Director of the Nanosurf UK office and has been working with Nanosurf AG since 2007, first with their UK distributor Windsor Scientific before setting up Nanosurf’s UK operation in 2018. David has a first class degree in Chemistry from the University of Oxford and has over 20 years of AFM experience in both academia and the commercial sector, as well as expertise in complimentary techniques including optical profilometry, digital holography and nanoindentation.
15:25 - 15:35
Closing remarks

Registration fee

 DKK 1,195  Members of ATV-SEMAPP and promoting partners listed in the registration form
 DKK 1,495  Non-members
 DKK 200  BSc and MSc students (Membership is free of charge – register here. Early bird discount does not apply)
 DKK 450  Ph.D. students at ATV-SEMAPP member institutions

All prices are exclusive of 25 % VAT.

Early bird discount of DKK 300 when registering before 1 January 2023.

The fee includes talks and access to the speakers slides.

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