Project: Traceable measurement of mechanical properties of nano-objects

Nano-objects such as carbon nanotubes can be used to improve products such as high strength concrete. However, to do this we need to be able to measure the mechanical properties of the nano-objects in order to fully exploit their novel features. The small size of nano-objects makes conventional measurement difficult, however atomic force microscopy can be used as it can visualise objects with very high resolution and measure physical properties. This project will develop measurement traceability for the mechanical properties of nano-objects such as nanoparticles, nanowires, nanoscale structures and composite materials through the development of test samples and techniques, as well as improved instruments. The improved reliability of measurements, and the ability to quantify properties such as the range of size of nano-objects with smaller uncertainty, will help improve products. Furthermore, the ability to identify new physical properties in a much more precise and systematic way should result in faster product development and quicker routes to market.

Acronym NEW05 MechProNO (Reference Number: NEW05)
Duration 01/09/2012 - 31/08/2015
Project Topic Metrology
Project Results
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Network EMRP
Call EMRP Call 2011 - Health, SI Broader Scope and New Technologies

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt Coordinator Germany
2 Bundesanstalt fuer Materialforschung und -pruefung Partner Germany
3 Cesky Metrologicky Institut Partner Czech Republic
4 Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy Partner Finland
5 NPL Management Limited Partner United Kingdom
6 Technische Universitaet Dresden Germany
7 Helsingin yliopisto Finland