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Obtaining surface maps of elastic modulus and hardness has been a persistent goal of the nanoindentation community. One solution is to infer properties from an atomic force microscopy scan of the surface, called modulus mapping; but the technique has subtle but significant limitations. Agilent TechnologiesExpress Test option, co-developed by Nanomechanics Inc., offers users of the Agilent Nano Indenter G200 a comprehensive solution for mechanical properties mapping, while also delivering unprecedented testing speed. Express Test allows as many as 100 indents to be performed at 100 different surface sites in 100 sec. Therefore, the option can be used to create true surface maps of elastic modulus and hardness by performing a high-speed array of indents. Testing is designed to be easy: Simply point and shoot. Area-function calibration can be performed in minutes, Young’s modulus and hardness can be rapidly evaluated with robust statistics and quantitative maps of mechanical properties can be generated in record time.

Hardness tester add-on

Agilent Technologies Inc.
Nanomechanics Inc.

Development Team

Express Test development team (l-r): Kermit Parks (Nanomechanics Inc.), Jennifer Hay (Agilent Technologies Inc.), Warren Oliver (Nanomechanics Inc.).


The Express Test Development Team
Jenny Hay, Principal Developer, Agilent Technologies Inc.
Warren Oliver, Principal Developer, Nanomechanics Inc.
Kermit Parks, Principal Developer, Nanomechanics Inc.