A Matlab toolbox to plot and to analyze nanoindentation data (with conical indenters)
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This Matlab toolbox has been developed to plot and to analyze (nano)indentation data (with conical indenters). Please, have a look at the full online documentation here: http://nims.readthedocs.org/en/latest/

To get started with the NIMS toolbox, clone the repository, then run Matlab, and cd into the folder containing this README file.

You can start the launcher by typing "demo" at the Matlab command prompt.


This Matlab toolbox has been developed to :

  • Plot and Analyze nanoindentation dataset with standard deviation ;
  • Coefficient of the power law fit of the load-displacement curve ;
  • Energy of the loading (area below the load-displacement curve) ;
  • Plot of the Stiffness and the Load/Stiffness² evolution ;
  • Young's modulus and Hardness of bulk materials ;
  • Young's modulus and Hardness of a thin film on a substrate or on a multilayer sample (3 layers on a substrate) ;
  • Generation of a Python script for FEM simulation of indentation test on bulk or multilayer sample with ABAQUS 6.12 to ABAQUS 6.14.


Author:David Mercier [1,2,3]

[1] CEA, 17 Avenue des Martyrs, 38000 Grenoble, France

[2] Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung, 40237 Düsseldorf, Germany

[3] CRM Group, Avenue du Bois Saint-Jean 21, B27 – Quartier Polytech 4, 4000 Liège, Belgium

How to cite NIMS in your papers ?

Reference papers


I acknowledge Dr. V. Mandrillon from (CEA, France (Grenoble)) and to Dr. M. Verdier from (SIMaP, France (Grenoble)), for long discussions and many advices about nanoindentation.

I am grateful to Dr. Igor Zlotnikov (Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Germany (Potsdam)), for providing Hysitron example files.


Matlab Toolbox ; Graphical User Interface ; Nanoindentation ; Young's modulus ; thin film ; multilayer system ; analytical model ; finite element modelling.



Plot of the evolution of the Young's modulus of the sample in function of the indentation depth.