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The hardness of the resins were measured using a Shore S1-D hardness tester, factory calibrated and checked against the supplied reference block.
Ten readings were taken from each resin disk. The highest and lowest readings were rejected and the average and standard deviation of the remaining eight are listed below.
The hardness of ProbeMet and KonductoMet was not tested because of the inhomogeneity of the material.
Notes on Hardness:There are many scales used in the measurement of hardness. The unit most frequently used for resins is the Shore D scale. Some values from every day objects (apart from Indium!) are listed below.
Nanoindentation TestsExperiments were carried out by Wenzhong Zhu at the University of the West of Scotland
Two sets of indentation test were carried out on each specimen: One test batch of three test points at maximum load of 100 mN, the other batch of nine test points at a maximum load of 10 mN. The spacing between the indentation points is 100 Ám.
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