Extending the range of constant strain rate nanoindentation testing

Merle B, Higgins WH, Pharr GM (2020)

Publication Type: Journal article

Publication year: 2020


URI: https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1557/jmr.2019.408.pdf

DOI: 10.1557/jmr.2019.408

Open Access Link: https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1557/jmr.2019.408.pdf


Constant strain rate nanoindentation hardness measurements at high sustained strain rates cannot be made in conventional nanoindentation testing systems using the commonly employed continuous stiffness measurement technique (CSM) because of the "plasticity error" recently reported by Merle et al. [Acta Mater.134, 167 (2017)]. To circumvent this problem, here we explore an alternative testing and analysis procedure based on quasi-static loading and an independent knowledge of the Young's modulus, which is easily obtained by standard nanoindentation testing. In theory, the method applies to any indentation strain rate, but in practice, an upper limit on the rate arises from hardware limitations in the testing system. The new methodology is developed and applied to measurements made with an iMicro nanoindenter (KLA, Inc.), in which strain rates up to 100 s-1 were successfully achieved. The origins of the hardware limitations are documented and discussed.

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Merle, B., Higgins, W.H., & Pharr, G.M. (2020). Extending the range of constant strain rate nanoindentation testing. Journal of Materials Research. https://dx.doi.org/10.1557/jmr.2019.408


Merle, Benoit, Wesley H. Higgins, and George M. Pharr. "Extending the range of constant strain rate nanoindentation testing." Journal of Materials Research (2020).

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