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4rd European Symposium on nanomechanical testing

Preliminary Program



in the "Gründer und Service Zentrum Hückelhoven" in Hückelhoven / Germany


organized in collaboration with



23.09.2003 to 25.09.2003

Focus of the meeting:

  • quantitative determination of materials properties in the nanometer range.
  • monitor of current trends and developments in this field of science.




Conference Program (ca. 28kb, .PDF)

Early Registration ends on July5th, 2003




NANOMECHANICS Secretary: Gaby Otremba-Mangelsen SURFACE
  Rheinstrasse 7 41836 Hückelhoven
  Tel.: +49 2433 970 305 Fax.: +49 2433 970 302




Tuesday, 23. September 2003

7:30 p.m. Welcome Reception

Wednesday, 24. September 2003

9:00 p.m. Opening

Indentation Testing on Materials with Microstructures

9:10 a.m. Application of multi-scale hardness testing and observation technique to metal research / Kensuke Miyahara (invited lecture)
10:00 a.m. Mechanical properties of treated and untreated wood cell walls / Thomas Schoeberl
10:25 a.m. Quasi-static and dynamic nanoindentation testing of single lamellar and inter-lamellar trabecular bone structures / Thorsten Staedler

10:50 a.m. - 11:20 a.m. Coffee Break

11:20 a.m. Nano-mechanical characterization of Ti-base nanostructure-dendrite composite / German Alcalá
11:45 a.m. Mechanical Properties of Thin SiO2 Plasma Polymers as Hard Surface Layers on Aesthetic Organic Coatings / Lihong Yang
12:10 p.m. Determination of fracture toughness from nanoindentation measurements / Thorben Scholz
12:35 p.m. Structure refinement on hardness and fracture properties of nano-composite hard thin films / Ayat Karimi

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Lunch

nano Tribology

2:00 p.m. The Gap between Nano and Micro Tribology / Bharat Bhushan
(video, invited lecture)
3:00 p.m. Nano-Scratch Testing and Nanoindentation on thin DLC-Coatings for Micro Actuators – Friction, Wear and Plastic Deformation / Rolf Küster

3:25 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Coffee Break & Poster Session

5:00 p.m. Nanoscratching on Crystal Surfaces / Gerd Kaupp
5:25 p.m. Surface topography and nanomechanical/tribological behaviour of ultrathin nitrides films PVD deposited on silicon without and with SiO2 or Si3N4 ultrathin films as underlayer material / Zygmunt Rymuza
5:50 p.m. Study of the interfacial shear strength at the nanometer scale by scanning force microscopy (SFM) / Michel Troyon

7:00 p.m. Conference Dinner


Thursday, 25. September 2003

Analysis of the deformation process under the indenter

9:00 a.m. A method to extract plastic properties of bulk materials by instrumented sharp indentation taking into account the shape ratio / Simon Malherbe
9:25 a.m. Determining the modulus, Poisson ratio, thickness and density of
thin coatings by combining acoustic and instrumented (nano)indentation test methods / Giles Aldrich-Smith
9:50 a.m. Neural Networks for identification of viscoplastic behaviour of thin film on a substrate from spherical indentation data / Edouard Tioulioukovski
10:15 a.m. Finite Element investigation of nanoIndentation in two-phase materials / Karsten Durst

10:40 a.m. - 11:10 a.m. Coffee Break

11:10 a.m. Obtaining mechanical parameters for metallisation stress sensor design using nanoindentation / Sorin M. Soare
11:35 a.m. Viscosity of glass at high contact pressure during indentation experiments / Holger Meinhard
12:00 p.m. Challenges and interesting observations associated with feedback - controlled nanoindentation / Oden Warren

12:25 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Lunch

2:00 p.m. Comparison of Hardness and Young’s modulus by Single Indentation and Multiple Unloading Indentation / Kirsten Schiffmann
2:25 p.m. An Investigation into the Comparability of Dynamic and Static Nanoindentation Measurements / Simon A. Hayes
2:50 p.m. Dynamic Indentation Measurements on amorphous materials / Jose Fernandez Palacio
3:15 p.m. The indentation size effect with pyramidal and spherical indenters /
George Pharr (video, invited lecture)

4:15 p.m. Farewell & Closing


1) The surface topography and nanomechanical properties of organosilicon ultrathin films deposited on polycarbonate by pulsed discharge at atmospheric pressure / Magdalena Ekwinska
2) A topography-analysis-based approach to improving the measurement accuracy of a nanoindentation instrument / Zhi Li
3) Experimental investigation of the FE-based computational model for predicting the interaction between nanoindenters and thin films / Zhi Li
4) Measurement capabilities in the field of Metrological Scanning Force Microscopes at PTB / Zhi Li
5) Metrology and Design Issues for Advanced Multi-range Nanomechanical Test Instruments / Anatas Daugela
6) Mechanical Defect Analysis using Ultrasonic Force Microscopy and Nanoindentation / Holm Geisler
7) Nanomechanical properties of compositional spreads possessing novel ferromagnetic shape-memory alloys / Ude D. Hangen, Oden Warren
8) Influence of Storage and Experimental Environment on Nanoindentation Results on Human Teeth / Thomas Schoeberl

General Information:

Hückelhoven is situated in the West of Germany closed to the dutch border. It is a small town which mainly was populated by miners before the last mine " Sophia-Jacoba" was closed some years ago. The Gründer und Service Zentrum (GSZH) was founded in order to establish companies that deal with advanced technologies in different fields. Its conference rooms are modern and well equipped.


The next airports are in Mönchengladbach (25km), Düsseldorf ( 55 km) and Cologne (75km). The railway station next to Hückelhoven is Baal. It is connected to the airports by bus and/or train. The most convenient connection from Baal to the hotel or to the Gründer und Service Zentrum (GSZH) is the cab.





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