Automotive components are mission critical. As they are subject to harsh operating and environmental effects, it is crucial that material science supports the needs of these components to withstand a myriad of physical and chemical wear and tear parameters.

Atomic Force Microscopy Provides Critical Automotive Insight

Powerful atomic force microscope (AFM) systems allow profound understanding of in-situ physical and chemical processes occurring on material surfaces at the nanoscale level that affect lifetime, reliability, and performance. High-precision nanoindentation systems provide the capabilities to perform fast industry-standard mechanical testing at various size scales.

Keysight’s compact field-emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM) systems with fully integrated energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) enable quick and easy acquisition of high-resolution images at variable low voltages, as well as elemental analysis for advanced materials development and failure analysis.

Applications for these versatile, state-of-the-art systems include:

  • Nanoscale imaging and mechanical analysis of membranes/separators and electrodes of lithium batteries
  • In-situ ionic transport studies of energy storage devices
  • Real-time corrosion studies (i.e., electrochemistry) of metals and hybrid materials
  • Electric and magnetic characterization of fuel cells and GaN devices
  • Morphology and composition characterization of machined parts, platings, and coatings
  • Wear and hardness testing of tire polymers, glass, metals, and many other materials
  • Scratch testing of paints and coatings
  • Failure analysis of systems based on MEMS sensors (e.g., airbags)
  • Optimization of reliability and performance for gear cogs and engine parts at elevated temperatures

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