Installation of new Zwick Roell testing system will benefit research activity in the field of nano-mechanics at Coventry University

Coventry is a forward-looking, modern university with a proud tradition as a provider of high quality education and a broad base of academic excellence and expertise combined with a focus on ‘Excellence with Impact’ in applied research, innovation, knowledge transfer and service provision.
The University’s Centre for Manufacturing and Materials Engineering has recently enhanced its research capability with the installation of a state-of-the-art Zwick Roell nano-indentation testing system. Professor Nigel Jennett and his colleagues within the Centre will use their new acquisition to research contact mechanical testing methods in the micro and nano ranges.

Professor Jennett said: “It is fascinating that a simple change in the size (length-scale) of a material, structure or measurement strongly affects the properties achieved and measured.”

“My early research showed that sub-nano period multilayers could switch off the magnetic moment of Iron. Recently, I have been developing and using validated nano-mechanical measurements to obtain a better fundamental understanding of plastic deformation as a function of length scale, temperature and time.”

“My goal is to develop the ability to distinguish measurement effects from genuine material performance and generate impact by providing: design rules for material performance enhancement through length-scale engineering; higher resolution test methods for testing small volumes of material and for mapping surface properties; and analysis methods to derive macro property information from nano-mechanical tests.”

This recently commissioned facility at Coventry University will open up new research possibilities in multi-scale and multi-axis materials testing, and in materials design for improved friction, scratch and wear characteristics. It is predicted that research will benefit the performance and sustainability of many engineering and advanced manufacturing sectors including; the transport sector, surface engineering and coatings, additive manufacturing, composites, polymers, Energy generation/recovery, to name but a few.

Professor Jennett continued: “We are delighted to have acquired such a technologically advanced testing product which is extremely robust and user-friendly whilst being at the cutting edge of measurement science in the field of nano-mechanics.”
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