Technology Lecture: Recent Advances in Nanomechanics

Date: 18 Jul 2008 - 18 Jul 2008

Venue: SIMTech Seminar Room, Level 1, Valley Block

This seminar will introduce recent advances in nanoindentation, nano-scratch and related nanomechanics techniques and test methods with applications in thin film research, biomaterials, electronic packaging, polymers etc. A new method for improved analysis of scratch test data which can determine yield pressures at failure without FE analysis will be presented.

Nanoindentation in fluid will be introduced as a new method for studying mechanical properties of biomaterials under more relevant conditions. This will be followed by a detailed case study showing how the results of the different techniques – including measurements taken at elevated temperatures can be used reliably in the design and optimisation of commercial coatings for extreme applications such as those in dry high speed machining of hard-to-machine hardened steels. 

About the Speaker
Dr Ben Beake is Director of Materials Research at Micro Materials Ltd. After graduating with a degree and PhD (1994) in Chemistry both from the University of Exeter, he worked at the Universities of Hull, Nottingham and UMIST prior to joining Micro Materials as an Applications Scientist in 1999.

He was promoted to Director of Materials Research in April 2006 and is a Fellow of the Institute of Nanotechnology.

He has authored more than 70 peer-reviewed publications. His research focuses on developing new nanomechanical test methods and applying them to the study of the mechanical and tribological properties of thin films and coatings to aid their design and optimisation for given applications. Specific research interests include: nanoscale impact and fatigue testing of wear-resistant coatings; nanomechanical testing at high temperatures – correlating results to cutting tool performance; nanotribological properties of thin films. 

He is actively involved in several professional affiliations encompassing the following: 
- Professional Fellow of the Institute of Nanotechnology (2005-todate)
- Member of the DIUS Materials Working Group of the Measurement Advisory
  Committee (2005-todate)
- Member of the DIUS Innovation R&D Working Group of the Measurement Advisory
  Committee (2007-todate)
- Member of the EPSRC Peer Review College (2003-2005; 2006-2009)
- Chartered Scientist (2004 -todate)
- Honorary Research Fellowship, Centre for Materials Research, Manchester
  Metropolitan University (2003-2009)
- Member of the Institute of Physics
- Committee Member of the IOP Tribology Group
- Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry
- Chartered Chemist (1994 - todate)
- Member of the NPL Surface Technology Industrial Advisory Group

2.15pm  : Registration

2.30pm  : Presentation

4.00pm:   Q&A

4.15pm : Refreshments & Networking

Who Should Attend
Scientists, engineers, R&D managers, researchers, industry professionals, academic staff members and engineering students.

Pre-registration for the lecture is free of charge. Seats are confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis.

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