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adhesion tester for pull off testing of thin films Thin films can be defined as coatings with a thickness from 10 microns (µm) down to one nanometer or less.  

Even the slightest degree of uneven pull stress distribution is disastrous for the adhesion test results for thin films.  On a nanometer scale there is obviously no elasticity in the coatings which can correct some of the negative effects of  test equipment with uneven pulling action.

The PAT test equipment lends itself particularly well to these coatings since stress distribution is ensured regardless of the coating thickness.

pull off adhesion tester for thin films using micro-sized test dollies
Tensile-mode adhesion testing of thin films

Thin film adhesion testing is normally carried out on purpose-made test panels but testing can also be done in accordance with ASTM-C633 (pulling apart two test cylinders which are glued together)

Testing of thin films can successfully be done either with a manual or an automatic adhesion tester.  The recommended models are the following:

 

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Manual Testing

1) Manual testing

GM01/6.3kN
Testing with the Ø8.16mm test element gives a certified testing range of up to 102 MPa.  If a film with a much lower adhesion strength than that is to be measured it is advisable to use a larger test element in order to use as much of the gauge scale as possible.

GM04/40kN
Adhesion testing of thin films can also be done with larger test elements, e.g. the Ø25mm size. 

 

 

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Automatic Testing
2) Automatic Tensile Pull Testing

AT101E/6.3kN
The most popular all-round tester which is also suitable for thin films. 

AT101E/40kN
Required if testing of high strength films with the Ø25mm (one inch) test element this is required. 

AT101E/80kN
The most powerful testing machine in the range.  Used for the high tensile films.  

AT101E/1kN
Automatic testing using very small test elements (from Ø2.8mm)