Indentation University Session 2: How to test Titanium Aluminum Nitride (TiAlN) on Tungsten Carbide (WC)

In Session 2 of the KLA Instruments Indentation University, we cover nanoindentation testing for an industrial coating on Tungsten Carbide (WC). Industrial coatings are used for tool dies, die parts, and cutting tools, and the nanomechanical properties of these coatings affect the performance of the coated parts.

About this webinar

Session 2 discusses nanoindentation testing of a TiAlN coating using the KLA Instruments iMicro nanoindenter with a Berkovich indenter. The webinar covers how to mount a sample onto a sample holder, how to place the sample into the system, how to specify test parameters, recommended starting values, how to run the measurements, and how to interpret the hardness testing results.

Note: for Session 2, it is recommended to view the following Indentation University webinars as background for the discussion:

Watch a short clip from the webinar below:

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Attend this Indentation University webinar and you will:

  • Learn about experiment setup using the iMicro nanoindenter InView software
  • How to specify experimental parameters such as load
  • How to prepare and load a sample for nanoindentation testing
  • How to navigate to a measurement area and run a test on the iMicro nanoindenter
  • How to interpret the elastic modulus and hardness testing results

About the speaker

Jennifer Hay — Senior Application Scientist

Jennifer Hay is a Senior Applications Scientist for KLA Instruments, specializing in nano-indentation. Prior to joining KLA, she held similar positions at Nanomechanics, Keysight, Agilent, and MTS Systems Corporation.  Jennifer has worked in the field of nano-indentation since 1996, advancing standardization while also developing methodology for new applications including thin films, polymers, gels, and biomaterials. Mrs. Hay served as the chair for the MEMS/Nanomechanics technical division of the Society of Experimental Mechanics (SEM), and she has authored many journal articles on nano-indentation, including an invited feature series in the SEM journal Experimental Techniques.

Who should attend

If you are a student, researcher, lecturer or nanoindenter user interested in learning about hardness testing and how a nanoindentation measurement is done, then this webinar is for you.


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