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Crystals 2017, 7(10), 258; doi:10.3390/cryst7100258

Progress in Indentation Study of Materials via Both Experimental and Numerical Methods

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Department of Materials Engineering, The University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8656, Japan
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School of Mechanical, Materials and Mechatronic Engineering, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, NSW 2522, Australia
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School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, 50 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798, Singapore
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Academic Editor: Ronald W. Armstrong
Received: 19 June 2017 / Revised: 8 August 2017 / Accepted: 9 August 2017 / Published: 13 October 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Crystal Indentation Hardness)

Abstract

Indentation as a method to characterize materials has a history of more than 117 years. However, to date, it is still the most popular way to measure the mechanical properties of various materials at microscale and nanoscale. This review summarizes the background and the basic principle of processing by indentation. It is demonstrated that indentation is an effective and efficient method to identify mechanical properties, such as hardness, Young’s modulus, etc., of materials at smaller scale, when the traditional tensile tests could not be applied. The review also describes indentation process via both experimental tests and numerical modelling in recent studies. View Full-Text
Keywords: indentation; mechanical properties; hardness; nanoscale; experiment; modelling indentation; mechanical properties; hardness; nanoscale; experiment; modelling
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Liu, M.; Lin, J.-Y.; Lu, C.; Tieu, K.A.; Zhou, K.; Koseki, T. Progress in Indentation Study of Materials via Both Experimental and Numerical Methods. Crystals 2017, 7, 258.

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