CCMX Advanced Course — Instrumented Nanoindentation

26-28 September 2018 - Discovery Learning Labs (DLL), EPFL, Lausanne — Instrumented Nanoindentation

This popular course, organised in partnership with Anton Paar GmbH and Queen Mary University of London, will take place from 26 to 28 September 2018 at EPFL, Lausanne.



Please register using the link found here. Registration is open until Monday, 3 September 2018.


Discovery Learning Lab (DLL), EPFL 

Course Brochure

The course brochure will soon be available here.  


• Understand the basics of instrumented indentation testing and its use in relation to conventional indentation techniques.

• Design and perform indentation experiments which are suited to the sample material and its surface characteristics.

• Recognize unusual material behaviours and understand how to adapt experimental parameters.

• Interpret indentation data in order to extract meaningful and valid values of mechanical properties with high level of confidence.

• Identify potential measurement artefacts and adapt test parameters accordingly.

• Understand measurement uncertainties and how to minimise them.

• Appreciate the variation of surface mechanical properties as a function of depth or spatial distribution and understand how to focus on specific layers, phases or inclusions in a heterogeneous material.

• Ability to interpret relevant applications and case studies, such as: common coating-substrate combinations, multiphase materials, composites, surface-modified layers, and Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS) devices.

• Recognise currently applicable industrial standards and be able to adapt such test methodologies to own  specific application.

This course may be validated for 1 ECTS credit in the doctoral programmes of EPFL and ETH Zurich after acceptance by the corresponding institution. The credit will be attributed to students who pass the examination held on 28 September 2017.


  • Introduction, including basic indentation theory
  • Basic experimental 
  • Advanced experimental
  • Research methods  
  • Applications of instrumented indentation
  • Comparison of techniques
  • Overview of industrial standards
  • Testing of coatings


Dr. Andy Bushby (Queen Mary University of London) and Dr. Nicholas Randall (Anton Paar).

Who should attend

This course is intended for current nanoindentation users who want to gain the experience and knowledge required to extract useful data from challenging sample materials. It is also intended for users of conventional indentation methods (Vickers, Rockwell, Knoop, etc.) who are thinking of adding instrumented indentation to their portfolio of practical test techniques.

The course could also be very useful to current nanoindentation users who have some prior experience but have encountered practical problems related to test parameters, sample preparation or data interpretation.

The number of participants is limited to 16.


PhD students from EPFL, ETHZ, PSI, Empa and CSEM: CHF 360.-

Other academic participants: CHF 460.-

All other participants: CHF 1500.-

Lunches and coffee breaks are included in the cost of participation. Additional VAT may be applicable. Participation of students coming from institutions outside of Switzerland will be confirmed only after all fees have been paid. Please note that any bank transfer fees must be covered by the participant.

For questions about registration, please contact Carey Sargent.



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