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Indentation University Session 6: How to Test Barnett Shale by Nanoindentation

In Session 6 of the KLA Instruments Indentation University series, we provide some background on shale properties, and discuss and demonstrate the experimental method of ISO 14577 hardness testing and Young’s modulus testing on Barnett shale.

About this webinar

Session 6 covers some background of material properties of shale and its importance to the natural gas industry, and where nanoindentation testing fits in to quantification of shale material properties. The experimental setup and test plan are discussed in detail, including sample preparation and loading into the iMicro nanoindenter. The ISO 14577 hardness testing recipe settings are also discussed, and why specific values are used. In addition, the interpretation of the nanoindentation results is also covered.

Note: for Session 6, it is recommended to view the following Indentation University webinar as background for the discussion:

Watch a short clip from the webinar below:

Attend this Indentation University webinar and you will:

  • Understand the advantages of nanoindentation testing on shale
  • Learn recommended polishing protocol for shale samples
  • Learn the importance of high-speed nanoindentation testing for shale
  • Learn more about iMicro nanoindenter capabilities
  • Understand the recipe test settings and starting values
  • Understand how to select indentation locations on rough surfaces
  • How to interpret nanoindentation hardness testing results


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 the experimental approach to nanoindentation testing of shale or other rock types, then this webinar is for you.

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