Challenges in high-temperature nanomechanics

Many applications of coatings and bulk materials in the aerospace, nuclear, fuel cell and cutting tool industries involve high temperatures. Accurate nanomechanical data can improve our understanding of the link between the small-scale mechanical behaviour and the performance and design of advanced materials systems for increasingly extreme environments. Data from measurements at or close to operating temperatures can be much more relevant than those obtained from room temperature measurements. However, high-temperature nanomechanics is more experimentally challenging than measuring at room-temperature.

In this webinar, Professor Ben Beake:

  • Showed why accurate high temperature nanomechanical measurements require careful instrumental and experimental design
  • Identified critical factors influencing data quality and provide effective thermal and environmental control methods to produce reliable high temperature data to 1000 °C
  • Illustrated with published examples from coatings and bulk materials used in the aerospace, nuclear, fuel cell and cutting tool industries

About the speaker

Professor Ben Beake, Director of Materials Research, Micro Materials Ltd.

After postdoctoral study at Hull, Nottingham and UMIST Ben joined Micro Materials where he has been Director of Materials Research since 2006. He has published over 140 papers (h=32). He is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Mining and Minerals, a past Chairman of the IOP Tribology Group and is currently a Visiting Professor at Manchester Metropolitan University and at the Universities of Leeds and Huddersfield.