Dr. Nicholas X. Randall

Dr. Nicholas X. Randall is vice president of CSM Instruments (Needham MA). For more information, call (781) 444-2250, e-mail nicholas.randall@csm-instruments.com or visit www.csm-instruments.com.

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Scratch Test

By Dr. Nicholas X. Randall
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The new ASTM standard for scratch adhesion testing, ASTM C1624, covers the determination of the adhesion strength and failure modes of hard, thin ceramic coatings on metal or ceramic substrates. Scratch testers can be used for industrial quality control as well as scientific research. They should allow both lightly skilled operators and more experienced personnel to use the instrument to characterize the mechanical properties of Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) or Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) coatings.
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