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Microcomposite Materials: Mechanical Properties and Surface Topography

Register to learn more about the surface properties of microcomposites, as well as how these surfaces can be studied, quantified and improved.

Date: August 24, 2020
Time: 1 PM EDT (10 AM PDT / 7:00 PM CEST)
Duration: 1 hour
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Every specifically-engineered microcomposite must be able to be tested rapidly and repeatedly to analyze the key physical properties that allow it to perform its task. Analysis of properties such as surface roughness, mechanical hardness, elastic modulus, electrical conductivity, scratch resistance, friction properties and others can have a direct impact on the final performance and service life of a product or its components.

This live presentation will focus on cutting edge technologies that allow for the determination of many key engineering parameters within not only bulk materials, but also in finely divided composites.

Methods discussed will include instrumented indentation, dynamic mechanical analysis, nanoscratch, and tribology, as well as electronic, magnetic and surface probing via atomic force microscopy. This webinar is ideal for in the materials engineering, packaging, polymer, additive manufacturing and aerospace communities.

Key Takeaways

  • Learn how to assess mechanical and electronic properties of composite materials that are all around you
  • Learn how instrumented indentation, nanoscratch testing and atomic force microscopy can be used synergistically to fully quantify a variety of material
  • Discover how novel electronic modes within atomic force microscopy allow for the probing of sub-surface structural features that cannot be visualized with other techniques
  • Understand how advanced harmonic modes within indentation testing allow for depth profiling of mechanical properties within materials


Dr. Dan Hudgins, Lead Scientist, Surface Characterization, Anton Paar USA

Dr. Dan Hudgins is the Lead Scientist for the Surface Characterization business unit at Anton Paar USA and brings significant expertise in an array of industries and applications, including pulp and paper converting, nanomaterial discovery, explosives detection and polymer engineering. Dr. Hudgins received his bachelor's degree in Biology from Randolph-Macon College and his doctorate in inorganic chemistry from Virginia Commonwealth University