Testing and Characterization

The centre also features an extensive variety of coating testing and characterization equipment, some of which are listed below:


Horiba Glow Discharge Profiler HR

Bulk, Surface, and Depth Profiling, Conductive and non Conductive

RF Glow Discharge Optical Emission Spectrometry

1.0m focal length

Optical resolution of 14pm

Simultaneous analysis of up to 60 channels


Table Top Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)

Hitachi TM3000 Tabletop Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)

Magnification: 15 to 30,000 x

Observation conditions: 5 kV / 15 kV / Analysis

Electron gun: Pre-centered cartridge filament

No special sample preparation such as coating with metal films is required for hydrated, oily or non‐conducting samples.

Optical Microscopes and Vickers Hardness Tester

Nikon Measurescope MM‐11

03L Stage: 2 x 4" travel

2‐Axis digital display

Rotating nosepiece

Objectives: 5x, 10x, 20x, 40x BD plan

Epi illuminator with 12V/50W lamp house for reflected light

Tilting ergonomic observation tube with camera port

Olympus CO‐11

Zwick 3212 Hardness Testing

Hardness testing system consists of the basic unit, accessories, and optical measuring system. It is widely used in modern mechanical‐technological materials testing. The hardness of materials provides an excellent indication of the mechanical properties of a material.

Laser Flash Thermal Diffusivity Testing

Laser-Flash Thermal Diffusivity Testing

Ultrasonic Cleaner

Bransonic® ultrasonic cleaner

Tank capacity 5.7 L, digital timer, heater, degasssing, temperature control


Wear Resistance Measurement

Roughness Measurement

Digital Surfometer Series 400

Simplicity is also inherent in the operation of the instrument, with prompts to guide the operator as the system gathers data, calculates the results and automatically displays the selected parameter, cut‐off and system settings. The vacuum fluorescent display is bright and has a wide viewing angle, making it easy to read from any position.

Surface Profilometer

AlphaStep D‐120 Stylus Profiler (KLA‐Tencor)

Programmable 3D surface profiler with sub-angstrom resolution, 6 angstrom step height repeatability, motorized X-Y stages. The D-120 stylus profiler incorporates a 4X motorized zoom camera for highly versatile sample visualization.


Wear Tester

ASTM G65 Standard Dry Sand/Rubber Wheel Abrasion Test


Vacuum Furnace for Coating Post Deposition Treatments

Temperature up to 1400 C, Pressure: 0.001 torr

TShock test

Carbolite GPC-1300 High Temperature Furnace

Temperature up to 1300 C, Capacity: 65 L


Despatch LAC 34G6 Benchtop Oven

Maximum Temperature: 260 C, Recirculating airflow, 304 stainless steel interior


LAC Oven is characterized by the effective heat distribution and the fast processing time. The temperature controller features: programmable up to 48 segments, built‐in manual reset Hilimitcontrol, built‐in process timer, and more.

High Temperature Furnace

Thermolyne High Temperature Furnace

Chamber Volume: 3500 cm3 (216 inches3)

Chamber Dimensions D: 15 cm (6")

Chamber Dimensions H: 15 cm (6")

Chamber Dimensions W: 15 cm (6")

Operating Temp Range: 800‐1700 C

Overall Dimensions D: 45.7 cm (18")

Overall Dimensions H: 46.9 cm (18.5")

Overall Dimensions W: 71.1 cm (28")


Furnaces for Coating Post Deposition Treatments

Temperature up to 2500 C, Pressure, 0.001 torr