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Indentation University Session 9: Frame Stiffness and Area Function

In Session 9 of the KLA Instruments Indentation University series, we discuss the concept of frame stiffness and the nanoindenter tip area function, both of which are critical to accurate measurements of nanoindentation depth.

About this Webinar

Session 9 introduces more advanced nanoindenter calibration parameters, specifically the two requiring surface contact: frame stiffness (sometimes referred to as machine stiffness or instrument stiffness) and area function. Background and parameter theory is also covered. The iMicro nanoindenter is used for the demonstration of determining frame stiffness and area function.

Note: for Session 9, it is recommended to view the following Indentation University webinars as background for the discussion:

Watch a short clip from the webinar below:

Attend this Indentation University webinar and you will:

  • Learn the definition of frame stiffness, how it affects the measurements of modulus and hardness, and it is an important consideration in purchasing a nanoindenter
  • Learn the definition of area function and how it is used in nanoindentation testing
  • Understand the importance of sample preparation to frame stiffness measurement
  • See a live demonstration on how to determine the frame stiffness and area function of a KLA Instruments nanoindenter 

About the Speaker

Jennifer Hay

Senior Applications Scientist, KLA Instruments 

Jennifer Hay is a Senior Applications Engineer for KLA Instruments, specializing in nanoindentation. Prior to joining KLA, she held similar positions at Nanomechanics, Keysight, Agilent, and MTS Systems Corporation.  Jennifer has worked in the field of nanoindentation 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 nanoindentation, 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 advanced concepts in nanoindentation, then this webinar is for you. 

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