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Plateforme nano et micro mécanique

General description of the novel platform

The tribology and the contact mechanics are a research topic for which the characteristic scale may vary from the nanometer to the millimeter scale.
Depending of the scale, the contact behaviour is linked to physics or mechanics.

As a unique and original position, the scientific research tools located at the Institute allow us to work at all of these scales. These powerful tools, such
as AFM, nanoindentor, SFA, dynamic JKR or microscratch, are accessible for characterization and are also deployed for original research. This report
presents some advances in the development of these tools, coupling sometimes two kinds of physical measurements.

Conscious of the opportunity, and taking advantage of the recently arrived the nanoindentor, we have decided to create a platform on nanomechanics and
micromechanics. The purpose of this platform is to make these techniques available to other researchers from the Cronenbourg campus or private companies (as a part of the platform for the Institut Carnot “MICA”) and thus to facilitate transfer of knowledge towards the materials science community.

Tools and staff

The research platform is the way chosen

  • to improve the access of these devices for the research community,
  • to train permanent and young researchers to use these devices,
  • to propose this scientific expertise to industrials,
  • to anticipate the necessity of the rejuvenation of this instrumental park.

Liquid AFM, SFA, micro and nanoscratch testers, micro and nanoindentor testers, surface topography profilers (contact and interferometric) are the main
devices.

For the starting phase, all of the teams having these devices accept the principle to give 20% of the working time into the common pool. The platform will interact with all the research activity of the ICS even if the formal
attachment concerns the axis "Polymer and Interface”. One engineer will be recruited. This engineer will have the mission to split his working time between
experiments further PMTP group, training the young researchers, and the management of the access schedule to the experimental devices.

The convention of the research platform between ICS and INSA of Strasbourg must be signed in the second semester 2011. This agreement will deal the main
guidance to the management of the Platform. Before officially start this platform, we have signed a convention between ICS and INSA to welcome assistant professors as permanent researchers at the Institute (spring 2011).

Quality management

At the starting phase of the platform, to be in accordance with the applied rules of CNRS platforms, and considering the fact that ICS is a member of the recently created Institut Carnot “MICA”, the question of the "quality in research" will be addressed. Like for the other platforms of the ICS, we will certainly benefit from the experience acquired by other Laboratories already
involved in this quality approach (IS2M and ISL as partners of the Institut Carnot “MICA”).

Permanent staff

  • Christian Gauthier (Full Professor UdS) > contact
  • Damien Favier (Instrumental Engineer CNRS) > contact
  • Léandro Jacomine(Materials Engineer CNRS) > contact
  • Hervé Pelletier (Assistant Professor INSA Strasbourg)
  • Mounir Maaloum (Full Professor UdS)
  • Christophe Contal (Technician UDS)
  • Patrick Kekicheff (Research Director)
  • Jean Iss (Research Engineer CNRS)