Mechanical Characterization Lab

Instron 3365 dual column universal testing machine

Accessible to trained users on the booking system. Session duration 1 h, max 8 sessions per week. Out-of-hours access can be allowed in exceptional cases. Official web page

Characteristics and available clamps:

  • 500 N and 10 N load cells
  • Video Extensometer SVE2
  • Tensile pneumatic clamps
  • Compressive plates
  • 3-point bending clamp
  • Peel-off clamp
  • Penetration clamp for fabric testing (custom)
  • Micro-compression (custom), 20 and 15 mm
  • Confined compression for biological samples
A quick guide is available to download for reference purpose

TA Instruments Q800 Dynamic Mechanical Thermal Analysis

Accessible to trained users on the booking system. Session duration 4 h, max 4 sessions per week. Out-of-hours access can be allowed in exceptional cases. Official web page

Characteristics and available clamps:

  • Tensile clamp
  • Compressive clamp
  • 3-point bending clamp
  • Cantilever clamps (35 mm, 20 mm)
  • Fiber tension clamp
  • Submersion compression clamp
  • Submersion tension clamp

CSM (Anton Paar) Platform for Nanoindentation and scratch

Accessible to trained users through email contact. Session duration 4 h, max 4 sessions per week. Out-of-hours access not allowed. Official web page

Characteristics and available tips:

  • Ultrananoindentation head
    • Berkovich tip
    • Spherical tip (100 um)
    • Spherical tip (100 um)
    • Flat punch tips (10, 20, 100 um)
  • Micro-combi indentation-scratch head
    • Vickers tip
    • Knoop tip
    • Ball holders (1 mm, 2 mm)

Deben micro-uniaxial stage

Micro-tensile stage, 2KN load cell, for testing in situ (e.g. XRD) and in liquid
Accessible to trained users through email contact. Session duration 4 h, max 4 sessions per week. Out-of-hours access not allowed.

Characteristics and features:
  • Available for tensile and compressive tests
  • Bath for testing in liquid up to 70°C
  • Coupling with electrical measurements
  • Coupling with XRD
  • Coupling with optical microscopy
  • Low frequency cyclic testing

Optics11 Chiaro BioIndenter

Interferometric-based indenter for characterization of soft materials, also in liquid environment
Accessible to trained users through email contact. Session duration from 1h up, max 8 hours booked. Out-of-hours access not allowed.
official webpage

Characteristics and features:
  • Combined with an Optical Fluorescence Microscope
  • Broad choice of tips size and stiffness
  • Measures Young's modulus from 100 Pa to 1 GPa
  • Displacement, indentation or load control
  • Indentation mapping function
  • NanoDMA